The Social Work Assessment Tool (SWAT)

Dona J. Reese, Mary Raymer, Stacy F. Orloff, Susan Gerbino, Rita Valade, Steve Dawson, Charlotte Butler, Michele Wise-Wright, Ruth Huber

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    This paper reports on the last of three National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization initiatives to move hospice and palliative care social workers into the patient/family outcomes arena: the development of the Social Work Assessment Tool. The experience of a team of practitioners and researchers is described, including results of two pilot studies and subsequent SWAT revisions. The major focus is on the current model performance improvement project, in which 19 social workers from 14 hospice and palliative care programs used the SWAT with 101 patients and 81 primary caregivers for a median of 44 days. Quantitative analysis indicated significant improvement in SWAT scores for patients from the first to the second social work visit (t = -2.60, df = 47, p.01). Qualitative interviewing of the social workers indicated some lack of readiness in the field to conduct quantitative outcomes measurement. Additional measures are needed in addition to the SWAT, including qualitative measures, and measures of mezzo and macro practice. Participants indicated that the SWAT was appropriate for use with economically and culturally diverse clients.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)65-95
    Number of pages31
    JournalJournal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
    Volume2
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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    social work
    Hospice Care
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    Palliative Care
    social worker
    Caregivers
    caregiver
    Research Personnel
    Organizations
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    lack
    performance
    Social Workers
    experience

    Keywords

    • Cultural competence
    • Death anxiety
    • Denial
    • End-of-life care
    • Hospice
    • Palliative care
    • Social support
    • Social work outcomes
    • Spirituality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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    Reese, D. J., Raymer, M., Orloff, S. F., Gerbino, S., Valade, R., Dawson, S., ... Huber, R. (2006). The Social Work Assessment Tool (SWAT). Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 2(2), 65-95. https://doi.org/10.1300/J457v02n02_05

    The Social Work Assessment Tool (SWAT). / Reese, Dona J.; Raymer, Mary; Orloff, Stacy F.; Gerbino, Susan; Valade, Rita; Dawson, Steve; Butler, Charlotte; Wise-Wright, Michele; Huber, Ruth.

    In: Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, Vol. 2, No. 2, 01.12.2006, p. 65-95.

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    Reese, DJ, Raymer, M, Orloff, SF, Gerbino, S, Valade, R, Dawson, S, Butler, C, Wise-Wright, M & Huber, R 2006, 'The Social Work Assessment Tool (SWAT)', Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 65-95. https://doi.org/10.1300/J457v02n02_05
    Reese DJ, Raymer M, Orloff SF, Gerbino S, Valade R, Dawson S et al. The Social Work Assessment Tool (SWAT). Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. 2006 Dec 1;2(2):65-95. https://doi.org/10.1300/J457v02n02_05
    Reese, Dona J. ; Raymer, Mary ; Orloff, Stacy F. ; Gerbino, Susan ; Valade, Rita ; Dawson, Steve ; Butler, Charlotte ; Wise-Wright, Michele ; Huber, Ruth. / The Social Work Assessment Tool (SWAT). In: Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. 2006 ; Vol. 2, No. 2. pp. 65-95.
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