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Role of medical social worker in hospital

  1. 1. ROLE OF SOCIAL WORKER IN A HOSPITAL RAJENDRAN .V .R
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION The important areas of medical social workers are in hospitals, drug rehabilitation centres, community health agencies, nursing homes, mental health facilities and clinics. Most importantly a medical social worker works to assure that the best interests of the patient are being met.
  3. 3. ROLE OF MSW IN HOSPITALS  COUNSELING  CARE PLANNING  FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE  ASSESSMENT  ADVOCACY  LEGAL ASSISTANCE
  4. 4. COUNSELING  MSWs advise and counsel patients and their families .  MSWs explain the nature of an illness to them  The MSWs advise them how to effectively deal with symptoms and treatment.  The MSW serves as a grief counselor to help them deal with the trauma of experiencing a chronic or an acute illness.
  5. 5. 2.CARE PLANNING  Families and patients often don’t know where to turn to get medical care.  A MSW assists patients and families in finding and arranging services such as in home care , nursing home care and counseling  The MSWs work with the medical team and discuss about care planning.
  6. 6. 3.FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE  As the expense for an acute and chronic illness is very high, families may not be able to financially provide for the care of an ill family member  If the ill person is a parent , financial support for the care of dependents must also be dealt with.  MSWs refer and assist the patients in obtaining financial assistance , food assistance and health care coverage through city, state and federal programmes
  7. 7. 4.ASSESSMENT  The MSWs assess a patient whether he is severely mentally ill ,is a drug addict or is a victim of abuse with the requirement of doctors or nurses.  The experienced opinion of a MSW is highly regarded by hospital staff.  The MSW evaluates the patient and reports back to the hospital staff.  Together hospital staff and MSW collaborate to find the best approach to help mentally ill, mentally in competent, drug addicted or abused patients.
  8. 8. 5.ADVOCACY  A MSW acts as a patient advocate  The MSW acts as an intermediatory between patients and the medical community  They are the voice for people who have communication barriers or cultural differences that make effective communication challenging .  Without the MSWs this type of patients often fall between the cracks-their health and emotional needs unknown
  9. 9. 6.LEGAL ASSISTANCE  MSWs must take legal action to protect the patient.  MSWs should take legal actions in the following situations, 1.Parents are unable to take care for their sick child 2.Accident cases 4.Abuse cases 3. Encounter cases . In these cases a conservator, a power of attorney or a public guardian may need to be appointed.
  10. 10. MSWs DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL COMPONENTS OF ILLNESS BOTH IN RURAL AND URBAN SETTINGS
  11. 11. EMOTIONAL COMPONENTS 1. Stigma 2. Stress 3. Anxiety 4. Depression 5. Abuse 6. Confusion and memory problems 7. Self devaluation
  12. 12. SOCIAL COMPONENTS  Social isolation  Break in social relationship  Loss of family and social support.  Inability to perform social roles.  Financial problems
  13. 13.  Avail good support from the family friends relatives and society.  Save the patient and his families from surrendering control of the future.  MSWs perform their roles perfectly to manage the social and emotional consequenses of the illness.  MSWs apply the needed methods of social work and different therapies to deal with the socio –emotional aspects of illness both in rural and in urban settings  Mobilize community resources of the patients.

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