Balancing denial, hope, and clinical recommendations

By Julie Hann and Andria Bianchi Social workers are essential contributors to healthcare teams in both acute care and rehabilitative settings. With the goal of social work being to address psychosocial issues through supportive and resource counselling, they contribute to successful patient-centred and, oftentimes, family-centred experiences. There are, however, many ethical dilemmas that social workers encounter because of the nature of their work. As a result of these dilemmas, social workers and bioethicists often work in collaborative partnerships to determine ethically defensible decisions in light of systemic constraints and pressures. The following case serves as an example to help depict the kinds of ethical dilemmas that social workers may encounter in their practice. While aspects of this case will differ depending on the individuals involved,






Author: Judy Wright

This more traditional concept of natural things which can still be found today implies a distinction between the natural and the artificial, with the artificial being understood as that which has been brought into being by a human consciousness or a human mind.

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