Psychosocial perspectives on end of life care

Scanlan, Katherine (2016) Psychosocial perspectives on end of life care. Journal of Social Work Practice, 30 (2). pp. 139-154. ISSN 0265-0533

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Personal and professional experience has made the author aware of the way in which emotional responses to vulnerability, life threatening illness, death and dying can significantly influence the course and outcome of medical and social interventions, as well as the provision and quality of care provided. In recent years psychoanalytic studies have enabled a deeper understanding of the unconscious primitive anxieties and associated defences that are part of being human, and to think about the implications for health and social care workers as society strives to meet the needs of an increasingly ageing population. Aspects of psychoanalytic theory, including contemporary applications, have been useful in reflecting on what it means to provide care for those at the end of life. The author will discuss the value of applying psychoanalytic understanding and faculties to this developing area of health and social care. Early findings from a doctoral research project, 'Bringing Death Home', will be referred to. The conclusion will reflect on personal knowledge and lived experience of palliative care social work to consider the significant contribution that relationship-based social work practice can make to the ongoing implementation of the end of life care strategy and the wider integrated care agenda.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article published online: 30 July 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: End of Life, States of Mind, Psychic Defences, Containment, Social Systems, Relationships
Subjects: Emotions, Affective Psychology > Grief/Mourning/Loss
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalysis
Social Welfare > Social Work
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer
Depositing User: Ms Jocelyn Wade
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 12:37
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2016 14:05
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1405

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