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A History of AIDS Social Work in Hospitals
A Daring Response to an Epidemic

ISBN 9780789015877
Published October 9, 2003 by Routledge
394 Pages

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Book Description

Explore the in-hospital evolution of social work with HIV/AIDS patients!

A History of AIDS Social Work in Hospitals: A Daring Response to an Epidemic presents first-hand historical perspectives from frontline hospital social workers who cared for HIV/AIDS patients during the epidemic’s beginning in the early 1980s. Contributors recount personal and clinical experiences with patients, families, significant others, bureaucracies, and systems during a time of fear, challenge, and extreme caution. Their experiences illustrate the transformation of social work as the development of new programs and treatments increased the lifespan of HIV/AIDS patients.

A History of AIDS Social Work in Hospitals portrays the nature of human suffering and teaches how clients deal with adversity and overcome devastating obstacles. At the same time this book, which, while nonfiction, reads like a novel, opens a window into the world of social work providers working with an illness once considered taboo (and now referred to as simply “chronic”).

A History of AIDS Social Work in Hospitals provides you with an easy-to-understand medical overview of adult and pediatric infectious diseases that often accompany HIV/AIDS and examines:

  • the evolution of social work with hospitalized patients during the first twenty years of the pandemic
  • the important roles of social workers in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and South Carolina
  • challenges that resulted from improved medications and longer life expectancy
  • the status of current HIV/AIDS care programs
  • the development of HIV/AIDS case management in emergency room settings
  • the benefits of developing custody planning programs for HIV-infected families
  • the challenges of working with perinatally infected adolescents
With case studies and thoughtful analysis of the history of city, state, and national case management responses to the AIDS crisis, A History of AIDS Social Work in Hospitals is a valuable book for educators, students, historians, beginning mental health practitioners, social workers, case managers, substance abuse counselors, and anyone interested in stories of human courage. Make it part of your collection today!

Table of Contents

  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Section I: Medical Overview
  • Chapter 1. An Adult Infectious Disease Doctor’s Encounter with HIV/AIDS (Alan Berkman)
  • Chapter 2. A Pediatrician’s Encounter with HIV/AIDS
  • Section II: Uncharted Territory
  • Chapter 3. Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Metropolitan New York
  • Chapter 4. The Emergence of Social Workers in the AIDS Epidemic: SWAN—Social Work AIDS Network, San Francisco
  • The Emergence of SWAN
  • The Growth of SWAN
  • The Politicalization of SWAN
  • Chapter 5. The South Carolina Experience
  • Organizational Genesis
  • Organizational Practice and Culture
  • Daily Life in an Early ASO
  • Organizational Challenges
  • The Past Is Present
  • Family Secrets
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Social Work in HIV Care: A Labor of Love in Philadelphia
  • Chapter 7. The New York State Response: Case Management for Persons Living with HIV and AIDS
  • Development of COBRA Community Follow-Up
  • Measuring Case Management Outcomes
  • The New Era of Managed Care
  • The Future of Case Management in New York State
  • Chapter 8. The New York City Division of AIDS Services
  • Background
  • The Model
  • The Program
  • The Staff
  • The Clients
  • Housing
  • Change
  • Chapter 9. A Case of Serendipity: A Brief History of the Early Years of the Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS
  • Introduction
  • Can This Idea Work?
  • The Conference Becomes a Reality
  • Can This Conference Continue?
  • A Look at 1992 to the Present
  • Concluding Thoughts
  • Chapter 10. Motivating the System from Within
  • Section III: The Heyday
  • Chapter 11. From Medical Social Work to the Constant Object: The Long and Winding Road
  • Chapter 12. You Cannot Make This Stuff Up
  • Chapter 13. Rethinking Group Process—Or Do We?
  • Chapter 14. HIV Support Groups in a Hospital Setting
  • Group Formation
  • Group Facilitation
  • Group Themes and Issues
  • Chapter 15. Group Intervention in the Early Days of the GRID Epidemic: A Reflection of One Social Worker’s Personal Experience
  • Introduction
  • Common Emotional Reactions
  • Group Intervention
  • Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • Chapter 16. The Missing Support Group: Interventions with AIDS Patients
  • The Existing Groups
  • Program Expansion
  • Group Expansion
  • The Absence of Need
  • Chapter 17. Twenty Years of the Epidemic: A Social Work Administrator’s Personal Perspective
  • 1981 to 1985—The Crisis to Be, Still Unknown (3,500 Cases Worldwide by 1983)
  • 1985 to 1995—A Decade of Hope (10,000 AIDS Cases in the United States in 1985)
  • 1995 to the Present—Living with Reality and Coping with New Challenges (500,000 AIDS Cases in the United States in 1995)
  • Chapter 18. Supervising Pediatric HIV/AIDS Case Managers: Lessons Learned
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • The Supervisory Model
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 19. Social Work with Hospitalized AIDS Patients: Observations from the Front Line of an Inner-City Hospital
  • Harper Model: Responses and Vignettes
  • A Model of Hospital AIDS Work
  • Conclusion
  • Section IV: The Decline/The Future—What Does It Look Like?
  • Chapter 20. Social Work, New York State AIDS Centers, and Special Needs Plans
  • Chapter 21. HIV/AIDS and Social Work Practice in Rural North Carolina: A Retrospective Account
  • Introduction
  • Community and Health Care Provider Reactions
  • Practice Issues
  • Perspectives on Support Resources
  • Professional Awareness and Future Practice Considerations
  • Chapter 22. Hospital Social Work with HIV/AIDS Patients to 1995: Death, Dying, Layoffs, and Managed Care
  • Chapter 23. Acute Care: Personal Reflections of Providing Social Work Interventions to Patients with HIV/AIDS
  • Chapter 24. Social Work in an Interdisciplinary

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