The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and Person-centered Healthcare

Authors

  • Terry Bamford International Federation of Social workers

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5750/ijpcm.v2i1.131

Keywords:

Empowerment, evidence, inequality, participation, person-centered healthcare, self-determination, social work

Abstract

Social work is a young profession. Its ethical base in self-determination and empowerment of clients is consistent with a person-centered healthcare system. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised the importance of the social determinants of health. Tackling health inequalities is a necessary condition for progress. Social work’s commitment to social justice and the close links which social workers have with marginalised communities means that the profession is well placed to engage with the fundamental causes of inequality. The profession is therefore a natural ally for medicine in the development of person-centered healthcare.

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Published

2012-03-31

Issue

Section

Stakeholders’ roles and contributions beyond annual meetings: next steps to advance person- and people-centered care