Handbook of Health Social Work / Edition 2

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Thoroughly revised and updated, this is the only comprehensive handbook of its kind covering the diverse field of health social work. Its evidence-based overview of contemporary social work practice in health care is written from a wellness perspective, covering the spectrum of health social work settings with contributions from a wide range of experts. Both a foundation for social work practice in health care and a guide for strategy, policy, and program development, this handbook provides social work students and practitioners with the skills they need to use evidence-based models in their practice.

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"The Handbook of Health Social Work, 2nd Edition, is a crucial addition for seasoned practitioners' libraries, as well as an essential foundation for fledgling social workers ready to enter health as a practice and research area. The handbook covers practice and research areas ranging from chronic disorders to infectious disease, from physical to mental disorders, and all the grey areas in between. At a time of great change in the United States relative to facilitating the production of better health for populations and individuals, any social worker engaged in this area would be well-advised to have this outstanding resource at hand."

"I'm quite impressed by the comprehensive nature of this revision. It's the enduring kind of text that serves an immediate purpose for social work instruction while also providing a reference for future practice. This is a book that you'll want to keep on your shelf."
Kevin Lindamood, Vice President for External Affairs at Health Care for the Homeless, Adjunct Professor of health policy at the University of Maryland SSW

"The major strength is the organization and comprehensive content of the book. This is a book that can serve as a reference book in any social worker's library, regardless of whether they are practicing in a healthcare setting. There are no other books on this topic that are as comprehensive in scope as the Handbook of Health Social Work, Second Edition."
Deborah Collinsworth, LAPSW, NSW-C, Director of Nephrology Social Work Services, Dialysis Clinics, Inc. - West Tennessee

"The book's strengths include the high quality of writing and the expertise of its contributors. It covers the field of health social work in significant depth and is sure to leave readers well informed."
Mary Sormanti, Ph.D., MSW, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work

"Quite simply, this is the definitive volume for Health and Social Work. The first edition was well-executed, well-written and comprehensive. In this second edition, Gehlert and Browne and their expert contributors have confidently managed to keep pace with current theory and empirical research across a wide range of subject matter that will be of interest to practitioners, educators, and researchers."
Michael Vaughn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, School of Public Health, and Department of Public Policy Studies, Saint Louis University

"Sarah Gehlert and Teri Browne have thoughtfully covered the topics. The readers of this book will be empowered to deal with the daily challenges. It's simple but far reaching, a rich knowledge bank of social workers' interventions, and will benefit even policy makers in planning strategies to improve patients' quality of life."
—Sujata Mohan Rajapurkar, Ph.D., Medical Social Worker & Transplant Co-ordinator, Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Gujarat, India

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470643655
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 324,694
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH GEHLERT, PhD, is E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Brown School of Social Work and the Department of Surgery (School of Medicine), Washington University in St. Louis. She is the Co-Director of the NIH-funded Transdisciplinary Center on Energetics and Cancer (TREC).

TERI BROWNE, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Centenary Faculty in Health Social Work Services Research in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on social work in health-care settings.

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Table of Contents

Foreword viii
Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts

Acknowledgments x

List of Contributors xi

Introduction xiii


1 Conceptual Underpinnings of Social Work in Health Care 3
 Sarah Gehlert

2 Social Work Roles and Health-Care Settings 20
Teri Browne

3 Ethics and Social Work in Health Care 41
Jared Sparks

4 Public Health and Social Work 64
Marjorie R. Sable, Deborah R. Schild, and J. Aaron Hipp

5 Health Policy and Social Work 100
Julie S. Darnell and Edward F. Lawlor

6 Theories of Health Behavior 125
Sarah Gehlert and Sarah E. Bollinger


7 Community and Health 143
Christopher Masi

8 Physical and Mental Health: Interactions, Assessment, and Interventions 164
Malitta Engstrom

9 Social Work Practice and Disability Issues 219
Rebecca Brashler

10 Communication in Health Care 237
Sarah Gehlert

11 Religion, Spirituality, Health, and Social Work 263
Terry A. Wolfer

12 Developing a Shared Understanding: When Medical Patients Use Complementary and Alternative Approaches 291
Penny B. Block

13 Families, Health, and Illness 318
John S. Rolland

14 Human Sexual Health 343
Les Gallo-Silver and David S. Bimbi


15 Social Work With Children and Adolescents With Medical Conditions 373
Nancy Boyd Webb and Rose A. Bartone

16 Social Work With Older Adults in Health-Care Settings 392
Sadhna Diwan, Shantha Balaswamy, and Sang E. Lee

17 Substance Use Problems in Health Social Work Practice 426
Malitta Engstrom, Colleen A. Mahoney, and Jeanne C. Marsh

18 Nephrology Social Work 468
Teri Browne

19 Oncology Social Work 498
Daniel S. Gardner and Allison Werner-Lin

20 Adherence and Mental Health Issues in Chronic Disease: Diabetes, Heart Disease, and HIV/AIDS 526
Wendy Auslander and Stacey Freedenthal

21 Social Work and Genetics 557
Allison Werner-Lin and Kate Reed

22 Pain Management and Palliative Care 590
Terry Altilio, Shirley Otis-Green, Susan Hedlund, and Iris Cohen Fineberg

23 End-of-Life Care 627
Yvette Colón

Afterword 643
Candyce S. Berger

About the Editors 649

Author Index 651

Subject Index 677

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