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Gazing into the scarlet crystal ball:social work and Hepatitis C

Paylor, Ian and Mack, Heather (2010) Gazing into the scarlet crystal ball:social work and Hepatitis C. British Journal of Social Work, 40 (7). pp. 2291-2307. ISSN 1468-263X

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Abstract

This paper presents arguments for recognising and tackling Hepatitis C (HCV) as a major challenge for social work. Despite repeated warnings from a variety of sources and thousands of new infections each year, successive governments have failed to address a public health emergency of immense proportions—the HCV epidemic. The implications for social work are significant. Social care workers, particularly those working with physically disabled adults or older adults, will find themselves with vastly increased caseloads as HCV diagnoses increase. This will necessitate them being able to adequately support families in a non-judgemental and non-stigmatising manner, which will mean a significant expansion of training and awareness-raising among professionals, in addition to strong inter-agency links and a transparent integrated care pathway.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Social Work
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hepatitis C ; social work ; drug use ; epidemic
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 50681
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2011 13:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 19:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50681

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