Non Physical Suffering: An Under-Resourced and Key Role for Hospice and Palliative Care Social Workers

The focus on managing both physical and nonphysical pain is central to hospice palliative care. An analysis study performed by Rattner (2023) and colleagues describes the experience of 24 palliative care clinicians across Canada to discover the obstacles in treating nonphysical suffering. It was determined that this type of care is limited due to the low number of specialized social workers and the time constraints they face due to heavy caseloads. The study advocates for an increase of social workers in these interdisciplinary teams to ensure a holistic patient care. Recognizing the unique role social workers play in addressing nonphysical suffering, the study encourages a shift in resources throughout the Canadian palliative care system. Read more…