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Handbook of Health Social Work, 3rd Edition




Handbook of Health Social Work, 3rd Edition

Sarah Gehlert, Teri Browne

ISBN: 978-1-119-42072-9 September 2019 640 Pages

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The updated third edition of the definitive text on health social work

Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition of Handbook of Health Social Work is an authoritative text that offers a comprehensive review of the diverse field of health social work. With contributions from a panel of international experts in the field, the book is theory driven and solidly grounded in evidence-based practice. The contributors explore both the foundation of social work practice and offer guidance on effective strategies, policies, and program development.

The text provides information that is essential to the operations of social workers in health care including the conceptual underpinnings and the development of the profession. The authors explore the practice issues such as theories of health behavior, assessment, communication and the intersections between health and mental health. The authors also examine a wide range of examples of social work practices including settings that involve older adults, nephrology, oncology, and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, genetics, end of life care, pain management and palliative care, as well as alternative treatments, and traditional healers. This is the only handbook of its kind to unite the body of health social work and:

•    Offers a wellness, rather than psychopathological perspective and contains treatment models that are evidence-based

•    Includes learning exercises, further resources, research suggestions, and life-course information.

•    Contains new chapters on topics such as international health, insurance and payment systems, and implementation of evidence-based practice

•    Presents information on emerging topics such as health policy in an age of reform, and genomics and the social environment 

•    Reviews new trends in social work and health care including genetics, trans-disciplinary care, and international, national, and state changes in policy  

Written for social work educators, administrators, students, and practitioners, the revised third edition of Handbook of Health Social Work offers in one volume the entire body of health social work knowledge.

Robyn Golden


Editor Biographies


Sarah Gehlert

Part I The Foundations of Social Work in Health Care

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

2 Social Work Roles and Healthcare Settings
Teri Browne

3 Ethics in Health Care
Kim Strom-Gottfried

4 Global Health Social Work
In Han Song, Varda Soskolne, Zhang Zuojian, Teri Browne, Johnston Wong

5 Public Health Social Work
Betty Ruth, Madi Knight Wachman, Jamie Marshall

6 Health Policy and Social Work
Julie S. Darnell, Heidi L. Allen

7 Theories of Health Behavior
Sarah Gehlert, Trina Selma Ward

Part II Health Social Work Practice: A Spectrum of Critical Considerations

8 Community and Health
Sally Kye Price, Christopher Masi

9 The Implementation of Integrated Behavioral Health Models
Byron Powell, Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Brianna M. Lombardi, Sheila V. Patel, Lexie R. Grove, Gracelyn Cruden

10 Social Work Practice and Disability Issues
Teresa Moro, Rebecca Brashler

11 Translation of Evidence-based Practices in Health
Lawrence A. Palinkas, Sapna J. Mendon

12 Communication in Health Care
Sarah Gehlert, Seul Ki Choi, Daniela B. Friedman

13 Religion, Belief and Spirituality in Health Care
Panagiotis Pentaris

14 Developing a Shared Understanding: When Medical Patients Use Complementary and Alternative Approaches and Seek Integrative Systems
Penny Block

15 Families, Health, and Illness
John S. Rolland

Part III Health Social Work: Selected Areas of Practice

16 Social Work with Children and Adolescents with Health Conditions
Barbara L. Jones, Casey Walsh, Fayra Phillips

17 Social Work with Older Adults in Healthcare Settings
Shantha Balaswamy, Sang E. Lee, Sadhna Diwan

18 Nephrology Social Work
Teri Browne, Joseph R. Merighi, Tiffany Washington, Tamara Savage, Cassidy Shaver, Katie Holland

19 Oncology Social Work
Hee Lee, MiHwa Lee, Karen Kayser

20 Chronic Disease and Social Work: Diabetes, Heart Disease, and HIV/AIDS
Wendy Auslander, Stacey Freedenthal, Donald Gerke

21 Social Work and Genetics
Allison Werner-Lin, Maya H. Doyle, Shana Merrill, Sarah Gehlert

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

23 End-of-Life Care
Yvette Colón, Stephanie Wladkowski

Author Index

Subject Index