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Research Project Funded in 2018

Pain Assessment and Treatment in Bleeding Disorders: The Need for Social Work Specific Education


Jennifer King  BSW RSW (SK)
Saskatchewan Health Authority – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
One year funding

Co-investigators:
Dr. Susan Tupper, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Social Workers are trained as generalists with the ability to conduct psychosocial assessments and interviews.  Through this process, consideration is given to family and social supports, housing, occupation, finances, attitudes towards hemophilia and treatment, and other medical health concerns. While discussing these concerns social workers use skills to help reframe a difficult situation, provide communication skills, and assist in helping find resources and bringing about change as desired by the client.  

As a result of the HERO Study and other pain related research in hemophilia care, social work is beginning to explore how they assess and manage pain with their clients.  As social workers increase their own knowledge of pain management, there should be positive outcome reports from those who receive this care from their social worker.  

This study examines what is needed in social work pain education for Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTC’s).  By examining the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Curriculum Outline for Pain in Social Work, the working group will gain better understanding of how to become educated and provide best care for clients.