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Social Work in Health Care

Social Work in Health Care
Its Past and Future

Second Edition

November 2011 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Social Work in Health Care: Its Past and Future gives social workers up-to-date, comprehensive information about the roles and the kinds of skills needed in all aspects of health care in the field. The book focuses on health care's four major domains: acute care, ambulatory care, illness prevention and health promotion, and long-term care. Surjit SIngh Dhooper reviews the past and present of each of these areas, projects their major needs in the future, and suggests how social work can help meet these needs. The author presents practice theories, principles, approaches, models, and techniques appropriate for the many roles and responsibilities in social work. The book concludes by describing general strategies social workers can use to succeed and thrive in health care settings.

1. Introduction
2. Health Care Settings: Their Past
3. Future Needs of Health Care
4. Social Work in Acute Care
5. Social Work in Ambulatory Care
6. Social Work in Illness Prevention and Health Promotion
7. Social Work in Long-Term Care
8. Thriving in Health Care
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author

This book is written by an American author with an American context. However it is well researched and discusses in depth the main issues in relation to the social worker's role.

Education, City of Sunderland College
April 9, 2014

Instructor wanted

Ms Nancy Fagan
Sch Of Social Work Human Svcs, Eastern Washington University
November 18, 2013

Excellent resource

Professor Gregory Perkins
Social Work Dept, Fayetteville State University
March 2, 2013

The text book is comprehensive and well written. It is easy to read. Greater use of tables/figures would make it more user friendly. The content is focussed in the US and as a result not always relevant to the UK. However the theory was transferrable. I think the book is more relevant to the students in the later stages of their training and those that are post graduate. It would be an excellent book for a student studying in the US. The critical thinking questions were very useful to evaluate what you have read and how you practise.

Ms Tracey Polglase
Department of Occupational Therapy, Cardiff University
February 9, 2012
Key features


  • Examines The Patient Protection and Affordable Act of 2010, giving students an understanding of the history of efforts to reform the American health care system, provisions of the new law, the political controversy it has generated, and likely consequences
  • Includes new discussions on the changing characteristics of hospitals, such as hospital-physician relationships, new ambulatory care settings, and new health care situations
  • Provides coverage of state and local public health departments and organizations, including goals and strategies for Healthy People 2020, nursing homes, and other long-term care organizations
  • Addresses the issues involved in understanding and interacting with various patient populations, such as elderly, disabled, homeless, alcoholic, and psychiatric patients, families of dying/dead patientsm and others
  • Details explanatory and intervention theories, practice principles, and approaches, such as theories of child abuse, principles of family-centered care, health promotions for AIDS prevention, and methods of conflict resolution
  • Presents new sections on Relevant Ethical Considerations to expose students to the most ethically challenging situations in various health care settings and the leadership roles that social workers can take on
  • Password-protected Instructor Resource Site includes PowerPoint® slides and a test bank

The new edition has the following new material on:

1. A brief history of the efforts to reform the American health care system. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, its provisions and their likely effects on people, employers, insurance companies, and health care providers. Political controversy that this law has generated and its likely consequences.

2. The changing characteristics of hospitals. Changing nature of hospital-physician relationships. New ambulatory care settings such as Ambulatory surgery centers, Urgent care centers and walk-in clinics located in neighborhood pharmacies and food stores. New health care situations such as a terrorism-related emergency.

3. State and local Public health departments and organizations. Goals and strategies for Healthy People 2020. Nursing homes and other Long-term care organizations. Hospice care orgnizations.

4. Understanding and interacting with the elderly, disabled, homeless, sufferers from AIDS, children, new immigrant, victims of violence and abuse, and alcoholic and psychiatric patients as well as families of dying/dead patients.

5. Explanatory and intervention theories, practice principles and approaches such as: theories of child abuse, theories of behavior change, principles of family-centered care, and essentials of social work crisis intervention, approaches to prevention of child abuse and neglect, health promotion for AIDS prevention, multicultural health promotion, Internet-based community organizing, principles of long-term care, geriatric case management, family-centered care, and conflict resolusion.

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