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2nd Edition

Negotiating a Good Death
Euthanasia in the Netherlands

ISBN 9780789010834
Published December 1, 2000 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Social Work Theory and Practice with the Terminally Ill, second edition, takes a compassionate look at ways that social workers can help dying people and their families. The social workers who work most effectively with terminally ill patients and their families are the ones who best understand the multifaceted nature of the dying process and its impact on the the patient, the family, and even on the health care professionals who work with patients at the end of life. Dr. Parry--who specializes in dying and bereavement--offers astute observations on the stages of dealing with the diagnosis of a terminal illness and the impending death that patients and their families confront.

This updated second edition provides valuable new information on ways that social workers can help those with AIDS and their families, on traumatic death from any cause, and on the grieving processes of parents.

Social Work Theory and Practice with the Terminally Ill, second edition, also includes stimulating discussions on:

  • the interdisciplinary health team
  • the grieving process
  • professional burnout
  • how social workers adapt to working with dying patients
  • euthanasia and physician-assisted dying
  • living wills and patients’rights
In touching case studies, this volume illustrates the particular needs and concerns of the terminally ill and their families--impending losses, financial worries, job concerns, pain, unfinished business, and spiritual needs--and reviews successful interventions used by social workers to help patients and their families work through the dying process.

Table of Contents


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Current Situation
  • Attitudes Toward Death
  • Effects of Institutionalization
  • Institutional Characteristics
  • Model of Care for the Terminally Ill
  • The Hospice Movement
  • Social Workers and Terminal Illness
  • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Defining Terminal Illness
  • Coping Patterns of the Terminally Ill
  • Models of the Dying Trajectory
  • Case Histories
  • Models of the Dying Process
  • Theoretical Framework for Working with Dying Patients
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Working with the Interdisciplinary Team
  • Members of the Team
  • Origins of the Interdisciplinary Team Concept
  • Introduction of Team Concept to Acute Care Hospital
  • The Hospital Interdisciplinary Team
  • Hospice As a Self-Help Concept
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Working with the Patient and Family
  • The Social Worker
  • The Patient and Family As a Unit of Care
  • Applying the Hospice Concept in the Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Grief: Working with the Survivors
  • Defining Grief
  • The Risks to Survivors
  • Experiencing Loss
  • Social Work Issues
  • Prevention
  • Counseling Survivors
  • Pathological Grief
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6. Transitions and Reflections
  • Transitions
  • Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Dying, Living Wills, and Patients' Rights
  • Recent Medical Interventions of the Latter Part of the Twentieth Century
  • Reflections and Possibilities
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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