Social Work in the Context of Health Care
A variety of legal issues relevant to social workers not infrequently arise in the health-care context. Social workers must be attuned to recordkeeping standards for utilization review and managed care, as well as proactively to manage risk. In the health-care context, such as in hospitals and nursing homes, social workers are often called upon by individuals and their families to assist them with decisionmaking. As members of the health-care team, it is critical that social workers understand patients’ rights under the law and the various options available to them. This chapter provides an overview of patient’s rights related to consent and refusal of treatment and various forms of advance directives.
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