Susan C Hedlund

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Oregon's Death with Dignity Act (ODWDA) has been in effect for eight years. The United States Supreme Court recently decided that Oregon's law did not violate the Controlled Substances Act. Other states may consider a law similar to Oregon's through legislative process or ballot measures. Although social work is not mentioned in the law, our profession(More)
As social workers, we are educated about the values of client self-determination as well as the affirmation of uniqueness in how the client experiences life and death. In terms of choices at the end of life, assisted suicide has begun to come out of the closet, so to speak, and as a result, the National Association of Social Worker's adopted a policy in(More)
As the Association of Oncology Social Work celebrates its 25th year, we pause to reflect on the many historical threads that contributed to its development and hear from each of the presidents who helped create the organization, as we know it today. Set within hospitals, medical social work was born in the early 20th century. In the 1940s medical social(More)
108 Background: It is increasingly recognized that earlier integration of palliative care for patients with advanced cancers positively impacts both cost and quality of oncology care. Compass Oncology (CO) is a multidisciplinary community oncology practice and a member of The US Oncology Network; 39 medical, gynecologic, and radiation oncologists and 18(More)
This article is written more like a conversation with the reader rather than a strictly academic piece. The purpose is to share from a more personal perspective the unique circumstances and challenges faced by two social workers in Oregon as they grappled with the Death with Dignity Law. The law has been in effect for six years and a May 2004 decision from(More)
A large community-based oncology practice developed a pilot project to enhance staff and patient awareness of the benefits of palliative care, advance care planning, and earlier intervention with patients with advancing disease. The results were ongoing implementation of palliative care conferences at all sites, greater numbers of referral to hospice,(More)
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report-Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs-provided recommendations for meeting the palliative care needs of our growing population of older Americans. The IOM report highlights the demand for social work leadership across all aspects of the health care delivery system. Social workers are core(More)