Hospice Social Work: Linking Policy, Practice, and Research
The Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) just released the report and brief summary from the symposium, Hospice Social Work: Linking Policy, Practice, and Research, that took place in March 2010. The report explores the connections between quality hospice social work services, the mission of hospice, federal requirements, professional standards, and the current state of hospice research by social workers. The recommended action steps to enhance excellence in hospice care highlight strategies that can be undertaken by multiple stakeholders to:
- Advance the Role of Hospice Social Workers and Address Practice Issues
- Enhance Diversity in Hospice
- Promote Interdisciplinary Team Functioning
- Promote Collaboration with Federal Agencies
- Promote Research/Practice Linkages
- Promote Research on Hospice Social Work
Featured presenters at the symposium included: Samira Beckwith, ACSW, Hope Hospice, Fort Myers, FL; Ronald Fried, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Washington, DC; Deborah Waldrop, PhD, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, NY; Mary Rossi-Coajou, MS, RN, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Standards and Quality; and Danielle Shearer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Standards and Quality. Participants included representatives of federal agencies including CMS and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hospice social workers and administrators, social work researchers. representatives of NASW, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and other national organizations and health care providers.
The full report also includes an extensive APPENDIX with information on federal regulations and quality improvement efforts as well hospice social work credentials, standards, continuing education, research and researchers.