The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and Person-centered Healthcare
Keywords:Empowerment, evidence, inequality, participation, person-centered healthcare, self-determination, social work
AbstractSocial 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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