2154 Ch 12 Pt 1 Spring2010

2154 Ch 12 Pt 1 Spring2010 - The Profession of Social Work...

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The Profession of Social Work SOWK 2154 Shari E. Miller, PhD SW and Services in Health Care Chapter 12, pp. 321-335
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Health Issues Five factors contribute to health problems: Unhealthy lifestyle Substance use/abuse, smoking; diet high in fat/cholesterol; being overweight; high levels of stress Physical injuries Environment Air, water, pesticides, nuclear/industrial waste Poverty Malnutrition, indoor air pollution, hazardous working conditions, lack of access to medical care, unsafe water/sanitation Contagious diseases Cholera, typhoid, respiratory, intestinal, STDs
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SW Roles in Direct Health Care Help patients understand and interpret medical jargon Offer emotional support Help people deal with feelings and make end of life plans Help patients adjust lives amid medical treatment and upon return home Help parents/children cope with disease processes/health Help link patients with resources and services Provide health education to promote healthy lifestyle and wellness
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SW Roles in Direct Health Care Practice: Public Health Complex system of programs and policies Prevent diseases; Prolong life; Promote health through organized community effort for: Sanitation of the environment Control of communicable infections Education in personal hygiene Organize medical/nursing services for the prevention and treatment of diseases Develop social welfare to maintain health so each citizen can realize his/her birthright of health & longevity
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SW Roles in Direct Health Care Practice: Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Biggest heath care operation in country SWs must be licensed, independent practitioners Largest employer of MSWs Wide range of services Blind rehabilitation, cancer, women veterans, diabetes, Gulf War veterans, HIV/AIDS, homeless, etc. Education (GI Bill), life insurance, vocational rehab, pensions, burial benefits
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SW Roles in Direct Health Care Practice: Managed Care Managed care Wide range of health plans different from traditional model of private health insurance; don’t necessarily choose Dr.; Dr. doesn’t treat with autonomy; insurer controls healthcare;
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