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Tag Archives: health and social work

Oral Health Care Needs of Young Adults Transitioning from Foster Care

There are many challenges that face children who age out of the foster care system, including education, housing, and health care. One rarely-addressed challenge is oral health care. Children who have aged out of the foster care system face considerable barriers in accessing oral health care. Although this population of foster care alumni may have Medicaid insurance while they are ... Read More »

Lifetime Abuse and Quality of Life among Older People

Abuse has immediate effects on health and, in some cases, is fatal. It has been established that exposure to abuse results in physical, mental, and behavioral health consequences. Maltreatment is a common and significant burden on the health care system that can produce residual effects, both short and long term. In fact, the negative health consequences can persist long after the ... Read More »

Involved in the business of death: the social work role in postmortem care

In the United States, around 70% of deaths take place in hospital or other institutional settings (e.g., hospice). Hospitals need to handle the unique business of postmortem care: end-of-life needs, care of the decedent’s body, permission for autopsy, release of the body to the funeral home, and questions from family that may not surface for days, weeks, months, or even ... Read More »

Talking about Sexuality and Intimacy with Women Spousal Caregivers: Perspectives of Service Providers

Sex and intimacy are an important part of a physically and psychologically healthy life. Sex and intimacy also are not limited to young and middle-aged adults; older adults also enjoy lives of sex and intimacy. But when a partner becomes chronically ill, the caregiving partner may have difficulty with sex and intimacy issues. How should social workers and other service ... Read More »

“When Things Are Really Complicated, We Call the Social Worker”: Post-Hip-Fracture Care Transitions for Older People

Social workers play a key role in the delivery of interdisciplinary health care. However, in the past decade, concerns have been raised about social work’s sustainability and contributions in a changing health care sector. Due to multiple factors, including spending cuts and the expansion of the roles of nurses, social work’s role in frontline health care situations has experienced a ... Read More »