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Ufere, Nneka N and Hinson, Jan and Finnigan, Simon and Powell, Elizabeth E and Donlan, John and Martin, Cathy and Clark, Phil and Valery, Patricia C (2022) The impact of social workers in cirrhosis care: a systematic review. Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology, 20, (2), pp. 160-176. doi: 10.1007/s11938-022-00381-2.

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Purpose of review: To report social workers' involvement in supporting patients with cirrhosis.

Recent findings: Six intervention studies (three published in the past 3 years) highlighed the potential role of social worker-led interventions to improve the outcomes of patients with cirrhosis. In studies of patients with alcohol-related liver disease ( = 4), social workers conducted psychosocial assessments, screened for substance use disorder and psychological distress, coordinated referrals to addiction services, and provided relapse prevention therapy. In studies including transplant recipients or candidates ( = 2), social workers focused on psychosocial interventions. In two studies ( = 1 patient with alcohol-related liver disease;  = 1 transplant recipients), social workers provided practical support (e.g., housing, transportation). Most articles provided limited information about the intervention and the role of the social worker, making comparisons of the studies difficult.

Summary: More high-quality evidence is needed to formally assess the impact of social workers in improving the outcomes of patients with cirrhosis.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Intervention Type
Treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
April 2022
Identification #
doi: 10.1007/s11938-022-00381-2
Page Range
pp. 160-176

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