How palliative care social workers across the globe overcame practical challenges to engaging in research

Carina Oltmann, Tania Piccione, Audrey Roulston*

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Abstract

With the unique set of values underpinning the social work profession, evidence-based practice must be informed by practitioners well versed in the impact of cultural, political, geographical, economic and general social factors on clinical work. Within the speciality of Palliative Care Social Work (PCSW), these factors influence the level of integration and upskilling of Palliative Care Social Workers (PCSWs). This article describes the collaborative methods used by Palliative Care Social Work (PCSW) practitioners and research-active academics to conduct a global survey of PCSWs about their professional experiences during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, with a view to better understand their respective roles and identities across regions. The authors of this study suggest that collaboration is key to drawing upon a diverse number of clinical, pedagogic and academic networks to optimise the survey response rate and raise the profile of PCSWs. The authors describe and reflect on the practical and cultural challenges encountered in conducting the survey.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberbcad168
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Early online date08 Jul 2023
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Publication statusEarly online date - 08 Jul 2023

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