Social Work Practice in Community-Based Health Care

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Medical - 272 pages
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Make sure your practice skills are up-to-date with the changes brought on by managed care

As a result of escalating costs, the focus of health care in the United States has shifted from inpatient, hospital-based care to outpatient care in the community. Social Work Practice in Community-Based Health Care is a comprehensive guide to the knowledge and skills needed to provide effective and efficient practice within a managed-care context that’s focused on a diversified, aging consumer population and high-risk health conditions. This unique book examines the essential elements of community health practice, including logic modeling for planning and evaluation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the use of technology and telemedicine in social work practice.

Social Work Practice in Community-Based Health Care presents practical information for social workers in the wake of the insertion of managed care as a “third party” to the relationship between physicians and their patients, and advances in medical care that are transforming previously acute and life-threatening illnesses to chronic conditions. The book offers a critical analysis of available research and model service delivery innovations, applying evidence-based practice to case studies in a style that’s easily accessible to practitioners, administrators, supervisors, and social work students. The book also includes glossaries at the end of each chapter and appendices that analyze online resources and address cultural background assessment questions.

Topics discussed in Social Work Practice in Community-Based Health Care include:
  • the revolution in funding and delivery
  • evolving trends and healthcare needs of the consumer population
  • a conceptual framework for culturally competent practice
  • the nature of social work in ambulatory health
  • a brief history of healthcare social work
  • emerging practice settings
  • the use of new communication technologies in practice
  • methods for evaluating direct practice
  • ethical considerations
  • current community-based programs for culturally diverse and at-risk populations
  • and much more
Social Work Practice in Community-Based Health Care is an important resource for social work practitioners, academics, and students.

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Goldie Kadushin is a professor of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Her most recent book is, with Marcia Egan, "Social Work Practice in Community-Based Health Care," She is also the author, with Alfred Kadushin, of "The Social Work Interview: A Guide for Human Services Professionals," fourth edition, published by Columbia University Press.

Marcia Egan is associate professor at the College of Social Work, University of Tennessee. With over a decade of empirical research on health care practice in the community, Dr. Egan centers her work on at-risk and increasingly diverse health care consumer populations in the context of limited and diminishing resources for care and services. The gerontological focus of Dr. Egan's empirical research and scholarship contributes to the knowledge base for effective practice in home health practice in the twenty-first century in this book and in her previous work, "Social Work Practice in Community-Based Health Care,

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