Family Conferences: An Approach to Teaching Family Systems Care in a Family Practice Residency

Reva K. Twersky, Penelope Williamson

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Abstract

Family conferences facilitate optimal planning for patients in a variety of medical situations. In one family practice residency the social worker plays a leading role in planning and arranging family conferences, while involving residents-in-training in the process. Such conferences provide family-oriented care for a spectrum of illness problems common to family medicine. Such conferences are most commonly held prior to discharging a patient from an in-hospital stay. These sessions may also be arranged when a chronic illness is diagnosed in one member of a family or when there is a medical crisis. Family conferences are convened by a resident physician in collaboration with the social worker and/or other appropriate faculty member.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 9 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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