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Article Review
Name
Institutional Affiliation
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Article Review
Introduction
The article Supporting End-of-Life Decisions: Social Worker's Role in Advance
Directives is written by Juliann Schaeffer ( 2018). The author talks about the importance of
considering end-of-life care, which is a concept that is not distant from individual thoughts.
The author brings into perspectives various crucial subjects such as filling up the advance
directive documents before the health care crisis and the purpose of the social worker in
promoting advanced care planning. In addition, the author also discusses some of the critical
steps necessary when considering end-of-life planning. The article also highlights the role of
the social worker in assisting patients in creating appropriate decisions especially through
fostering effective communication.
I choose this article because I believe the role of a social worker in making decisions
that pertain end-of-life planning is crucial. Social workers play various roles in terms of
advanced care planning as well. First, they have the responsibility of assessing the needs and
the strengths in establishing and also in terms of putting in place necessary plans for
treatment. In addition, social workers help with the counseling of patients whenever
necessary, assisting them to cope with their various illnesses and deteriorating functioning,
handles emotional issues, enhances social skills and makes decisions that involve planning
for the patient.
This article, therefore, plays an essential role in establishing these responsibilities for
various social workers. The report addresses issues that relate to end of life decision making,
and the author believes that social workers have a very crucial part in making an end of life
decisions. In addition, I also chose this article because it deals with financial decision making
that social workers help patients making such as applying for public assistance or a pension,
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contracting lawyers or debating about issues that involve end-of-life arrangements such as
funeral plans. Therefore, this article addresses the fact that most healthcare institutions need
the help of social workers because of the role they play in terms of understanding the needs
and respecting the dignity of various patients.
Summary
The article begins by identifying the importance of discussing end-of-life decisions.
According to a national survey, 80% of the patients interviewed about end-of-life decisions
admitted the importance of educating their families and themselves as far as palliative and
end-of-life decisions are concerned. At the same time, two-thirds of Americans according to
Schaefer do not have any kind of advance health care directive planning that documents their
requirements and objectives of health care in case they involve in some form of a health
crisis. The author believes that advance directive documents offer patients the chance of
electing voices for themselves before they actually need it. In the meantime, the author
believes that social workers are team members who care most about the psychosocial care of
patients.
In defining the role of social workers, Schaefer believes that social workers have the
purpose of promoting advanced care planning through communication between patients and
their families. An advanced directive is terms used in describing legal documentation, which
prepare people to clarify their healthcare-related wishes. The role of social workers, in terms
of end-of-life decisions according to Schaefer is to provide critical consultations in moments
of stress and transition as well as changes. Not only do they play a part in engaging patients
in conversations for future care, but they also have skills that recommend treatments and
essential treatment progresses for an individual and their families.
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This article further discusses communication and distribution as a subject relevant to
social workers. In talking about these two concepts, the author states that social workers help
patients to create advance directives not only through offering advice in terms of planning but
also through providing key steps necessary in outlining the patient's wishes on a paper. For a
patient, it is crucial not to have the document alone, and it is essential to have a conversation
with social workers in order to understand the end of life choices. The article concludes by
stating that obtaining accurate and on time debate in terms of advanced directive assist
patients with making a proper end of life decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
Social workers play prime positions in terms of offering the best chances to ensure an
appropriate end-of-life decision.
Personal Reflection
This article plays a vital role in highlighting the importance of social workers in terms
of palliative and end-of-life care communication. Generally, among the member's
disciplinary team, social workers counsel families and patients at various stages of the disease
trajectory, offering continued care across organizations. Social workers bring unique skills to
the team such as paying attention empathetically, assessing the person-in-situation, and skills
in conflict resolution, which are some of the most valuable experiences in terms of advance
care planning. As a result, this study plays a vital role in terms of popularizing the roles of
social workers in planning their advanced directives.
This article also promotes the importance of advance directives. The author defines
advanced directives as an opportunity for someone to elect a second voice in case they
engage in an accident. Through making prior advanced decisions, a patient can obtain
medical care that they desire through reliving their family of making critical medical
conditions in their moment of crisis. This article ensures that the confusion and
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disagreements, as well as ethical dilemmas that result from medical decision-making, are
properly deal with. Some people usually assume that advanced directives are often for elderly
persons only. However, incidences that are unexpected can occur to anybody at any particular
age. Therefore, this article does an excellent job in clarifying the need for advanced planning
when someone is involved in an accident.
In addition, the author promotes the importance of social workers in encouraging
coming for patients and their families. Social workers also offer support and planning
procedures for patients through advance care planning procedures. In addition, the author
argues that social workers should learn the importance of general practitioner orders for life-
sustaining prescription and medical orders. These are essential end-of-life orders which are
instituted by the state for people facing terminal illness. Social workers have a responsibility
of understanding advanced directive planning requirements according to the state's
expectation in order to offer specific advice and to offer ethical decisions for patients. In the
article, the author argues the importance of educating patients on the laws and legal
requirements of advance directives.
Conclusion
There is often a confusion related to end-of-life decisions. The source of this
confusion usually connects to the context where a patient is incompetent to make a decision,
and medical practitioners have little knowledge of the available legal framework. This area is
dependent on the common law as well as critical areas of legislation, and specific legislative
framework is dealing with advanced directives and the importance of social workers as
decision makers. As outlined in this article, the importance of social workers in terms of
understanding the relevant legal principles is correctly stated since their civil liability is
safeguarded in case they act in good faith.
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This article suggests the significance of completing advance directives in the presence
of advance care planning social workers. Evidently, the most crucial role of social workers as
instructors of advanced directives is to offer the necessary education. This article, therefore,
plays an essential role in establishing these responsibilities for various social workers. The
article addresses issues that relate to end of life decision making, and the author believes that
social workers have a very crucial part in making an end of life decisions. Communication
and distribution as highlighted in this article are essential for social workers in helping
patients to create advance directives not only through offering advice in terms of planning but
also through providing key steps necessary in outlining the patient's wishes on a paper.
In conclusion, this article has an impact on end-of-life decisions and the role that
social workers play in planning for advanced directives. This article promotes the importance
of advance directives and outlines the importance of social workers in encouraging coming
for patients and their families. In addition, it highlights the role of the social worker in
assisting patients in creating appropriate decisions especially through fostering effective
communication. The author concludes that obtaining accurate and on time debate in terms of
advanced directive helps patients with making a proper end of life decisions for themselves
and their loved ones. Social workers play prime positions in terms of offering the best
chances to ensure an appropriate end-of-life decision.
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References
Schaeffer, J. (2018). Supporting End-of-Life Decisions The Social Worker’s Role in Advance
Directives. Retrieved October 2018, from Socialworktoday:
https://www.socialworktoday.com/whitepapers/crossroads.pdf

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Running head: ARTICLE REVIEW 1 Article Review Name Institutional Affiliation ARTICLE REVIEW 2 Article Review Introduction The article Supporting End-of-Life Decisions: Social Worker's Role in Advance Directives is written by Juliann Schaeffer ( 2018). The author talks about the importance of considering end-of-life care, which is a concept that is not distant from individual thoughts. The author brings into perspectives various crucial subjects such as filling up the advance directive documents before the health care crisis and the purpose of the social worker in promoting advanced care planning. In addition, the author also discusses some of the critical steps necessary when considering end-of-life planning. The article also highlights the role of the social worker in assisting patients in creating appropriate decisions especially through fostering effective communication. I choose this article because I believe the role of a social worker in making decisions that pertain end-of-life planning is crucial. Social workers play various roles in terms of advanced care planning as well. First, they have the responsibility of assessing the needs and the strengths in establishing and also in terms of putting in place necessary plans for treatment. In addition, social workers help with the counseling of patients whenever necessary, assisting them to cope with their various illnesses and deteriorating functioning, handles emotional issues, enhances social skills and makes decisions that involve planning for the patient. This article, therefore, plays an essential role in establishing these responsibilities for various social workers. The report addresses issues that relate to end of life decision making, and the author believes that social workers have a very crucial part in making an end of life decisions. In addition, I also chose this article because it deals with financial decision making that social workers help patients making such as applying for public assistance or a pension, ARTICLE REVIEW 3 contracting lawyers or debating about issues that involve end-of-life arrangements such as funeral plans. Therefore, this article addresses the fact that most healthcare institutions need the help of social workers because of the role they play in terms of understanding the needs and respecting the dignity of various patients. Summary The article begins by identifying the importance of discussing end-of-life decisions. According to a national survey, 80% of the patients interviewed about end-of-life decisions admitted the importance of educating their families and themselves as far as palliative and end-of-life decisions are concerned. At the same time, two-thirds of Americans according to Schaefer do not have any kind of advance health care directive planning that documents their requirements and objectives of health care in case they involve in some form of a health crisis. The author believes that advance directive documents offer patients the chance of electing voices for themselves before they actually need it. In the meantime, the author believes that social workers are team members who care most about the psychosocial care of patients. In defining the role of social workers, Schaefer believes that social workers have the purpose of promoting advanced care planning through communication between patients and their families. An advanced directive is terms used in describing legal documentation, which prepare people to clarify their healthcare-related wishes. The role of social workers, in terms of end-of-life decisions according to Schaefer is to provide critical consultations in moments of stress and transition as well as changes. Not only do they play a part in engaging patients in conversations for future care, but they also have skills that recommend treatments and essential treatment progresses for an individual and their families. ARTICLE REVIEW 4 This article further discusses communication and distribution as a subject relevant to social workers. In talking about these two concepts, the author states that social workers help patients to create advance directives not only through offering advice in terms of planning but also through providing key steps necessary in outlining the patient's wishes on a paper. For a patient, it is crucial not to have the document alone, and it is essential to have a conversation with social workers in order to understand the end of life choices. The article concludes by stating that obtaining accurate and on time debate in terms of advanced directive assist patients with making a proper end of life decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Social workers play prime positions in terms of offering the best chances to ensure an appropriate end-of-life decision. Personal Reflection This article plays a vital role in highlighting the importance of social workers in terms of palliative and end-of-life care communication. Generally, among the member's disciplinary team, social workers counsel families and patients at various stages of the disease trajectory, offering continued care across organizations. Social workers bring unique skills to the team such as paying attention empathetically, assessing the person-in-situation, and skills in conflict resolution, which are some of the most valuable experiences in terms of advance care planning. As a result, this study plays a vital role in terms of popularizing the roles of social workers in planning their advanced directives. This article also promotes the importance of advance directives. The author defines advanced directives as an opportunity for someone to elect a second voice in case they engage in an accident. Through making prior advanced decisions, a patient can obtain medical care that they desire through reliving their family of making critical medical conditions in their moment of crisis. This article ensures that the confusion and ARTICLE REVIEW 5 disagreements, as well as ethical dilemmas that result from medical decision-making, are properly deal with. Some people usually assume that advanced directives are often for elderly persons only. However, incidences that are unexpected can occur to anybody at any particular age. Therefore, this article does an excellent job in clarifying the need for advanced planning when someone is involved in an accident. In addition, the author promotes the importance of social workers in encouraging coming for patients and their families. Social workers also offer support and planning procedures for patients through advance care planning procedures. In addition, the author argues that social workers should learn the importance of general practitioner orders for lifesustaining prescription and medical orders. These are essential end-of-life orders which are instituted by the state for people facing terminal illness. Social workers have a responsibility of understanding advanced directive planning requirements according to the state's expectation in order to offer specific advice and to offer ethical decisions for patients. In the article, the author argues the importance of educating patients on the laws and legal requirements of advance directives. Conclusion There is often a confusion related to end-of-life decisions. The source of this confusion usually connects to the context where a patient is incompetent to make a decision, and medical practitioners have little knowledge of the available legal framework. This area is dependent on the common law as well as critical areas of legislation, and specific legislative framework is dealing with advanced directives and the importance of social workers as decision makers. As outlined in this article, the importance of social workers in terms of understanding the relevant legal principles is correctly stated since their civil liability is safeguarded in case they act in good faith. ARTICLE REVIEW 6 This article suggests the significance of completing advance directives in the presence of advance care planning social workers. Evidently, the most crucial role of social workers as instructors of advanced directives is to offer the necessary education. This article, therefore, plays an essential role in establishing these responsibilities for various social workers. The article addresses issues that relate to end of life decision making, and the author believes that social workers have a very crucial part in making an end of life decisions. Communication and distribution as highlighted in this article are essential for social workers in helping patients to create advance directives not only through offering advice in terms of planning but also through providing key steps necessary in outlining the patient's wishes on a paper. In conclusion, this article has an impact on end-of-life decisions and the role that social workers play in planning for advanced directives. This article promotes the importance of advance directives and outlines the importance of social workers in encouraging coming for patients and their families. In addition, it highlights the role of the social worker in assisting patients in creating appropriate decisions especially through fostering effective communication. The author concludes that obtaining accurate and on time debate in terms of advanced directive helps patients with making a proper end of life decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Social workers play prime positions in terms of offering the best chances to ensure an appropriate end-of-life decision. ARTICLE REVIEW 7 References Schaeffer, J. (2018). Supporting End-of-Life Decisions The Social Worker’s Role in Advance Directives. Retrieved October 2018, from Socialworktoday: https://www.socialworktoday.com/whitepapers/crossroads.pdf Name: Description: ...
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