About the Author(s)
Bridget Sumser, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Meagan Leimena, MSW, MPH, Palliative Care Social Work Consultant
Terry Altilio, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Social Work Coordinator, Division of Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
"This book is (I think) a celebration of the achievements of social work in the field of palliative care, and an invitation for social workers in other areas to adopt the principles and practices developed in palliative care." -- Roger Woodruff, www.hospicecare.com
"Palliative Care captures the central role of social work in care of seriously ill patients and families. Chapters are organized consistently with the domains of the National Consensus Project Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, further illustrating the role of social work across every domain. It is a 'Guide for Health Social Workers,' but the deep and rich content of this book could be a guide for all professionals."
--Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, Professor and Director, City of Hope
"As our population ages, there will be an increase in illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, and this book will prove very useful to both the quality of care and the longevity of practitioners who are learning or might have many years' experience in the field and would value information on best practices in palliative care."
--Penny Damaskos, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, Director, Department of Social Work, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
"Everybody now knows that the majority of health care problems are driven by social determinants of health--lack of housing, food, safe neighborhoods, social supports--issues that the traditional practice of medicine is largely helpless to fix. This textbook illuminates the essential role of social work in addressing these factors during a serious illness. The effectiveness of palliative care in helping people living with serious illness to achieve what matters most to them is due to the determined advocacy and resilience of the social workers on our teams. This book shows how it's done."
--Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care; Vice-Chair and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
"Rooted in complex reality, the counsel in this book is intensive and practical. The authors and their editors push us to see beyond medical diagnoses to the person, and through the person to the social and cultural contexts that make us more than individuals. In other words, it succeeds in examining the enormous potential of palliative care, which, in practice, is still largely unrealized. Altogether, this book is a fantastic read for anyone interested in caring for humans."
--BJ Miller, MD, Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center