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Health Care Social Work

A Global Perspective

Edited by Ren Winnett, Rich Furman, Douglas Epps, and Greg Lamphear

Publication Date - 16 July 2019

ISBN: 9780190942168

264 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Health Care Social Work aims to directly empower health care social workers around the world by providing valuable new information about the breadth and depth of the profession's health care contributions, legislative and policy influences upon practice, and implications for future practice and growth in different nations. Written by scholars and practitioners of health care social work from around the world, chapters encourage comparative analysis of distant health care social work practice as a means of supporting meaningful change on a local level and contributing to public health in a way that transcends boundaries and makes a difference globally. Readers will gain an opportunity to examine their assumptions about health care social work practice and reflect meaningfully upon less familiar techniques and approaches as a way of prompting problem-solving with an expanded frame of reference.


  • Provides a new way for health care social workers to conceptualize practice as closely connected to large macro influences, both nationally and internationally
  • Creates a comparative opportunity for readers to challenge norms and adopt new strategies/ideas outside of local frameworks
  • Examines historical linkages and trajectories across and within nations (in addition to current "snapshots" of heath care social work in each country)

About the Author(s)

Ren Winnett, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker at Multicare Health System in Washington and a lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Rich Furman, PhD, MSW, is Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Douglas Epps, MSW, is a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

Greg Lamphear is a writer, editor, and teacher based in Asia.


"This accessible collection will be valuable for anyone interested in global sociology or social work; in addition, nonspecialists will find a wealth of ideas to research. Highly recommended." -- CHOICE

"The authors and editors of this important new book are to be congratulated for compiling a collection of informative contributions on health care and social work around the world. Detailed, insightful, and global in scope, it will serve as an important resource for many years to come." -- James Midgley, PhD, Professor of the Graduate School, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

"This text offers a detailed picture of the rich inter-professional relationships that exist between health-focused social workers and the multilayered network of professionals, family members, and friends that are essential to promoting the fullest possible well-being of everyone impacted by a patient's illness or disability. A first-class book put together by an exceptional group of contributors, it belongs on the shelf of all seriously minded professionals focused on the social aspects of health, illness, and recovery." -- Richard J. Estes, , DSW, MSW, Professor of Social Welfare, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania; Editor, Health Care and the Social Services: Social Work Practice in Health Care

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction
    Ren Winnett, Sandy S. Kim, Rich Furman, Douglas Epps, and Greg Lamphear

    Section 1. Foundation Chapters
    Chapter 2. Health Care in a Global World
    Govind Hariharan

    Chapter 3. Transnational Health Care
    Tomas Mainil and Sabina Stan

    Chapter 4. Health Care Social Work in the United States
    Ren Winnett

    Section 2. Global Case Studies
    Chapter 5. The Role of Social Work in Australian Health Care Settings
    Helen M. Cleak

    Chapter 6. Health Care Social Work in China
    Peter P. Szto

    Chapter 7. The Role of the Social Worker in Health Care in Cuba
    Dolly R. Sacristan

    Chapter 8. Health Care Social Work in England
    Malcome Payne

    Chapter 9. Health Care Social Work in India
    Nemthianngai Guite

    Chapter 10. Health Care Social Work in Nigeria
    Uzoma Odera Okoye

    Chapter 11. Health Care Social Work in Saudi Arabia
    Abdulaziz Albrithen

    Chapter 12. Social Work in Health Care in South Africa
    Charlene Laurence Carbonatto

    Chapter 13. Health Care Social Work in Sweden
    Manuela Sjöström

    Chapter 14. Health Care Social Work in Turkey: An Evolving Field of Practice
    Tarik Tuncay

    Chapter 15. Health Care Social Work in Ukraine
    Tetyana Semigina