Julie S Abramson

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Interdisciplinary collaboration is becoming increasingly important as the current complexity and cost of health care require an efficient and well-coordinated service delivery system. To understand the factors contributing to positive and negative collaboration, 53 social workers and 50 physicians in 12 hospital settings were interviewed about their best(More)
In past reviews of the literature on psychosocial interventions for cancer patients, different reviewers have reached disparate conclusions about the ability of a psychosocial intervention to have an impact on cancer survival. This article highlights some of the basis for differences of opinion, including the range of psychosocial interventions provided to(More)
Social workers are in an excellent position to develop clinical interventions to enhance patient control over decision making about post hospital care. Participation in decision making has been identified in many studies as influencing well-being, health status and even mortality rates for elderly individuals facing relocation. Some of the practice patterns(More)
This article builds on prior analyses of data collected from a qualitative study of 50 pairs of social worker-physician collaborators in. This article presents the elements of a typology of collaborators from both professions developed from those analyses. The typology was also applied to the entire sample and each respondent characterized according to type(More)
Strains between the professions of medicine and social work continue to exist as a result of basic differences in histories, values and socialization processes of the two professions. This paper suggests that collaboration between them will be enhanced by the identification of social work as a resource for the physician. The concepts of negotiation and(More)
This paper analyzes the sources of strain between the professions of medicine and social work. The two professions are compared in relation to (1) the organization and socialization process of professional training; (2) perspectives on patient care, illness and role of the health care professional; (3) attitudes toward knowledge and data; (4) attitudes(More)
The process of discharge planning is often impeded by disagreements among family members and others involved. A discharge plan must be negotiated to meet the varying needs of participants within the context of regulatory and organizational mandates. Under such circumstances, disagreements in decision making can be anticipated, particularly for family(More)
As health care is being restructured, health care institutions are recognizing that interdisciplinary collaboration is an essential element of both effective patient care and organizational survival. This paper analyzes self-reported views of actual collaborative activities between 50 pairs of social workers and physicians on a specific shared case in an(More)
Despite the prominence of complex psychosocial problems in aging clients, geriatric case management has generally emphasized the provision of concrete resources and services as its primary function. However, some of the literature as well as the findings of this study, point to competent case management as being contingent on interventions that successfully(More)
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