Review of Australian health related social work research 1990-2009

Brough, Mark K., Wagner, Ingrid, & Farrell, Louise (2013) Review of Australian health related social work research 1990-2009. Australian Social Work, 66(4), pp. 528-539.

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Social workers form a critical component of the Australian health workforce. Whilst their roles as practitioners are very strategic within the health system, less clear is their contribution to health research. This paper reviews the published record of social work research in Australian health from 1990-2009 in order to discern the patterns of the social work contribution to new knowledge in health. The results of this review indicate a tendency to focus on discursive commentary rather than empirical research as well as a less than expected focus on client studies. Given the rise of evidence based practice, there are potentially serious implications for social work in terms of how it positions itself as a contributor to new knowledge within the health field.

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ID Code: 55311
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2012.738236
ISSN: 0312-407X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health and Community Services (111708)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Clinical Social Work Practice (160701)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Australian Social Work © 2012 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Australian Social Work is available online at:
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2012 00:56
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 14:48

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