Social Work Assessment Notes: An Outcomes Based Hospice Documentation System

Friday, May 1, 2015: 2:15 PM-3:15 PM
Chesapeake DEF (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center) - 2nd Level
Primary Presenter:
Ellen Martin, PhD(c), RN, CPHQ , Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice, Inc., Austin, TX
Angela Hansen, LCSW, ACHP-SW , Hospice Austin, Austin, TX
The Social Work Assessment Notes (SWAN) hospice documentation system was developed as a quality improvement project to facilitate outcomes measurement in social work practice. Based on the Social Work Assessment Tool, this comprehensive documentation system guides the assessment of patient and caregiver needs across nine psychosocial constructs, facilitates collaborative care plan development and integrates the psychosocial assessment with the plan of care. Outcomes are measured with numerical ratings of psychosocial issues over time.  Faculty will discuss how goals established with the patient and caregiver are documented in the plan of care and become the foundation for patient-centered, strengths-based interventions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the importance of measuring outcomes in social work practice.
2. Discuss the value of an integrated documentation system that links psychosocial assessment areas to the hospice plan of care
3. Describe how numerical ratings over time can be used to measure outcomes in hospice social work practice

CE/CME: Counselor, Nurse and Social Worker
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