Health and Social Work

A quarterly journal devoted to the relationships between health and medical services and human services. Covers developments in areas such as aging, clinical work, long-term care, substance abuse, and other topics of interest; and includes information on

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 4, November

A Multiple-Family Group Intervention for Homeless Families: The Weekend Retreat
In the past 15 to 20 years, the number of homeless people in the United States has increased dramatically. It is estimated that from 700,000 to approximately 2 million people experience homelessness during one year (National Law Center on Homelessness...
Effects of Social Work Intervention on Nonemergent Pediatric Emergency Department Utilization
Clinicians, administrators, and payers agree that the most efficient and cost-effective use of hospital and financial resources is served when emergent care is reserved for people in medical crisis and is confined problems that cannot be managed in...
Evidence-Based Practices in Health Care: Social Work Possibilities
Within the health care community, discusions abound that include phrases like evidence-based practice, evidence-based research, and evidence-based interventions. Are they buzzwords of the new millennium or the key to promoting effective outcomes for...
Job Satisfaction of Home Health Satisfaction Workers in the Environment of Cost Containment
In the rapidly changing field of health care, social workers' job satisfaction has received increased attention (Gleason-Wynn & Mindel, 1999; Kadushin & Kulys, 1995; Michalski, Creighton, & Jackson, 1999; Poulin, 1994; Resnick & Dziegielewski,...
Maternal Custody Status and Living Arrangements of Children of Women with Severe Mental Illness
Historically, psychiatric treatment of women patients in public hospitals was consistent with Test and Berlin's (1981) assertion that mental health professionals tend to regard individuals with severe or serious mental illness (SMI) as "almost genderless"...
Perceptions of Domestic Violence: A Dialogue with African American Women
Domestic violence undermines healthy African American families and communities. Although empirical research has accumulated over the past 20 years regarding African Americans and domestic violence, many questions remain about African American perceptions...
Post-Acute Home Care and Hospital Readmission of Elderly Patients with Congestive Heart Failure
Elderly patients often receive home care from formal service providers after inpatient hospitalization (Caro & Blank, 1988; Kane, 1994; Kane & Kane, 1987). Elderly patients use of home care services has grown at an unprecedented rate. Between...
Practice with People with Severe Mental Illness: Rewards, Challenges, Burdens
Developing effective services for people with severe and persistent mental illness is a top priority for the community mental health system in the 21st century (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 1991; NIMH and National Alliance for the Mentally...
Psychosocial Needs of Women with Breast Cancer: How Can Social Workers Make a Difference?
In 2001 it was estimated that 233,000 new cases of breast cancer would be diagnosed among women in the United States (American Cancer Society, 2001). The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can result in a range of psychological and emotional...
The Promise of Public Housing as a Community-Based Model of Health Care
Providing "every person in every community across the nation [with] equal access to comprehensive, culturally competent, community-based health care" is an important goal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, 2000, p. 16). Yet 43...
Will the United States Ever Have Universal Health Care?
The profession of social work has long been linked with efforts for health care reform. At the dawn of the 20th century, Jane Addams, Lillian Wald, and others advocated reforms to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in urban areas and raised...
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