Clinical social work in the care of Parkinson’s disease: role, functions, and opportunities in integrated health care

Gladys González-Ramos, Elaine V. Cohen, Virge Luce, Manny J. González

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Abstract

Healthcare reform, including the focus on chronic illness, the growing role of neuroscience, the emphasis on collaborative interprofessional care, and more recently, on integrated medical and behavioral healthcare, have important implications for social work education and practice. Parkinson’s disease, a chronic neurodegenerative illness exemplifying these trends, is an area in which social workers are increasingly involved. This paper provides (1) an overview of Parkinson’s disease and its complexity, (2) a summary of role and functions identified in a survey of health social workers working with Parkinson’s disease and/or neurology, and (3) education and practice recommendations for the social work profession.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-125
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

Keywords

  • Chronic illness
  • Parkinson’s disease care
  • integrated health care
  • social work practice in health care
  • social work role and functions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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