Title: Advocacy in Health Care Social Work Practice
Practice Description: This text focuses on the advocacy function of health care social work practice. It defines the concept, its evolution and significance. Six major examples are provided which reflect advocacy in action. These examples demonstrate social work leadership in identifying patient care issues, collaborative program planning and implementation of services designed to not only address care needs of patients and families, but enhance service delivery efficiency and effectiveness. Attention is given to the skills and techniques requisite for introducing change into health care systems dealing with increasingly complex patient care needs and operating in fiscally-driven environments.
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