This pragmatic and comprehensive book helps readers develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for effective health care social work practice, as well as an understanding of the technological, social, political, ethical, and financial factors affecting contemporary patient care. Packed with case studies and exercises, the book emphasizes the importance of being attentive to both patient and organizational needs, covers emerging trends in health care policy and delivery, provides extensive discussion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and addresses social work practice across the continuum of care.

The Historical and Contemporary Context for Healthcare Social Work Practice

The Historical and Contemporary Context for Healthcare Social Work Practice
Karen M. AllenWilliam J. Spitzer

Introduction

This chapter examines the development of healthcare social work practice and provides a general overview of how healthcare in the United States evolved ...

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