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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789025678
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Revolution in Health Care Funding and Delivery
Controlling the Escalating Costs of Health Care
Changing the Structure of Health Care: What Happened on the Way to my Doctor?
The Changing Focus of Health Care Delivery
Changes in Government Funding for Faith-Based Organizations and Welfare
Ethical Considerations
The Influences of Managed Care on Practice
Discussion Questions and Activities for Individuals and Small Groups

Chapter 2. The Health Care Consumer Population
Increasing Longevity
The Diversification of Health Care Consumers
Chronic Illness
The Underinsured and the Uninsured
Health Conditions and Psychosocial Factors and Behaviors
Discussion Questions and Activities for Individuals and Small Groups

Chapter 3. Cultural Competence in Ambulatory Health Practice
What Is Culturally Competent Practice?
How Are Health Disparities Linked to Cultural Background?
A Framework for Understanding Cultural Background
Discussion questions and activities for individuals and small groups

Chapter 4. Social Work in Community-Based Health Care
What Is Social Work in Community-Based Health Care?
Advances in Communication Technology for Health Care Practice
Discussion Questions and Activities for Individuals and Small Groups

Chapter 5. Direct Practice in Community-Based Health Care
A Conceptual Process and a Tool for Critical Thinking
Perspectives, Concepts, and Theories for Direct Practice
Culturally Responsive Practice
Culturally Responsive Assessment
Evidence-Based Interventions
Ethical Dilemmas in Direct Practice
Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams
Coordinating an Individual Consumer’s Care
Discussion Questions and Activities for Individuals and Small Groups

Chapter 6. Practice on Behalf of Health Consumer Populations
What Is Practice on Behalf of Health Care Consumer Populations?
Concepts for Practice: Organizations, Communities, Health Care Populations, and Problems
Challenges in Interagency Practice on Behalf of Consumer Populations
Collaborations and Coalitions/Consortia
Health Promotion in Programs on Behalf of Consumer Groups
Leadership on Behalf of Consumer Groups: What Makes a Leader Effective?
Ethical Considerations
Applying the Concepts for Logic Modeling: A Community Program for Children with Asthma
Discussion Questions and Activities for Individuals and Small Groups

Chapter 7. Evaluating Practice and Programs in Ambulatory Health
Why Evaluate Social Work Practice?
How Is Direct Practice Evaluated? With a Single System Design, of Course!
How Are Programs in Community-Based Practice Evaluated?
How Are Data Analyzed?
Discussion Questions and Activities for Individuals and Small Groups

Appendix A. Exemplars of Innovative Programs in Ambulatory Health
Reaching Out to Latinas: Cultural Competence in an Ambulatory Health Program
Creatively Responding to the Needs of HIV/AIDS-Affected Children
Participatory Program Development in Perinatal Community Care
A Vision of Health Care for the Uninsured, Working Poor Made Manifest
Appendix B. Web Sites for Social Work in Community-Based Health Care
Appendix C. Culturally Related Assessment Topics and Questions
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