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date: 06 December 2023



  • Mary RaymerMary RaymerIndependent Scholar, Williamsburg, Michigan
  •  and Dona J. ReeseDona J. ReeseAssociate Professor, School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University


Hospice social workers are essential members of the interdisciplinary team that provide biopsychosocial and spiritual care to terminally ill patients and their significant others during the last 6 months of life. Hospice philosophy emphasizes symptom control, quality of life, patient self-determination, and death with dignity. Hospice social workers must be skilled in providing evidence-based interventions including direct client services; collaboration with the interdisciplinary team; community outreach; developing culturally competent services; and advocating for policy change on the organizational, local, and national levels.


  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Health Care and Illness
  • Religion and Spirituality

Updated in this version

The statistical information on hospice care updated. The bibliography expanded and updated to reflect recent research.

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