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Understanding Chronic Illness and Medical Social Work in Chronic Illness Care and Management

Understanding Chronic Illness and Medical Social Work in Chronic Illness Care and Management.

 

Required Readings
Beder, J. (2006). Hospital social work: The interface of medicine and caring. New York, NY: Routledge.
Chapter 3, “The Renal Social Worker” (pp. 21–32)
Bennett, H. D., Coleman, E. A., Parry, C., Bodenheimer, T., & Chen, E. H. (2010). Health coaching for patients with chronic illness. Family Practice Management, 17(5), 24–29.
Lee, A.A., Piette, J.D., Heisler, M., Janevic, M.R. Langa, K.M.& Rosland, A-M. (2017). Family members’ experiences supporting adults with chronic illness: A national survey. Families, Systems, & Health, 35(4), 463-473.
Findley, P. A. (2013, February 28). Social work practice in the chronic care model: Chronic illness and disability care. Journal of Social Work [Published online ahead of print].
Foreman, M. & Ni Rathaille, N. (2016). Not just another long term chronic illness—Social work and HIV in Ireland. Social Work in Action, 28(2), 97-114.
McCoyd, J. L. M., & Kerson, T. S., (Eds.). (2016). Social work in health settings: Practice in context (4th ed.) New York, NY: Routledge.
Chapter 26, “Social Work in the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinic: Fighting the New Epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in Children” (pp. 325-336)
Withnall, A. (2017). Learning to live with chronic illness in later life: Empowering myself. Australian Journal of Adult Living, 57(3), 474-489.

discussion 1 Understanding Chronic Illness
Learning to live with a chronic illness is an exhausting challenge for everyone involved. From diagnosis until either the illness resolves or the client’s life ends, that individual and family must make every decision and every move with the chronic illness in mind.;
The social worker’s role is many times fairly limited. It is often a matter of following the client and seeing that their basic needs are being met. At times, it does take on the role of sleuth when the social worker is able to go in search of resources to help pay for special needs for everything from prostheses to new treatments. At the very least, it is to help the client and their family to hold on to hope.
To Prepare:
Interview an individual who has a chronic illness. With the individual’s permission, interview them about what it is like to live with a chronic illness, the most difficult parts of being chronically ill, how they manage their illness, what aspects—if any—frighten them, what kind of social support and family support they have, how willing they would be to try new treatment methods, and which social worker stands out most in their mind (good or bad) and why.

How did it feel for you to talk candidly with an individual about their illness?
Who would you say was more uncomfortable talking about it—you or the person you were interviewing?
Why?
How informed was in the individual about their illness and the treatments and prognosis?
How supported did this individual feel from the community, and how did that support change from before they became ill?
What insights did you gain from this experience that you will take into the field as a social worker to help when you work with clients with chronic illnesses?
Include a transcript and/or edit closed captioning on your video to ensure your presentation is accessible to differing abilities.

Understanding Chronic Illness and Medical Social Work in Chronic Illness Care and Management.

Discussion 2: Medical Social Work in Chronic Illness Care and Management
Advances in medical technology have altered the trajectory of illness in our society. Many illnesses that were once considered acute or terminal are now considered chronic. The trajectory of advanced chronic illness, thus, has shifted from a brief period of time to longer periods with impaired quality of life. Patients and/or families living with chronic illnesses are often forced to adjust their aspirations and lifestyle. They also are vulnerable to protracted distress and developing psychiatric illness.
Optimal care and management of chronic illness is significant because it is likely to minimize distress, prevent psychiatric illness, and improve health outcomes and quality of life (Wagner, 2000). A professional team including a medical social worker can deliver optimal care for chronic illness (Wagner, 2013).
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review this week’s resources. Consider a chronic illness that is of interest to you. Think about how the following medical social work practice skills might apply to the illness you chose:
Assessment
Crisis intervention
Case management
Education and counseling
Advocacy
Team collaboration
Community-level intervention
By Day 3
Post a brief description of the illness you selected and the psychosocial effects of the illness on patients and families. Analyze the issues and concerns surrounding the care and management of the illness. Choose three medical social work practice skills, and explain how a medical social worker might implement them to improve the care and management of the illness. Explain challenges that might arise for families or caregivers caring for a patient with your chosen illness. Explain how you as a medical social worker might address the struggles or challenges experienced by families or caregivers.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources and the current literature using appropriate APA format and style.

 

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