The Health Care System: A Case Study

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The health care system is undergoing radical changes and for each and every service we have specialized personnel and departments available now. Medical social workers specialized in that area of social work and part of the multidisciplinary team usually work in hospital, nursing home or hospice, have a degree in the field, and work with patients and their families in need of psycho-social help. They assess the psychosocial functioning of patients and families and intervene as and when necessary. Interventions may include connecting patients and families to necessary resources and supports in the community; offering psychotherapy, counseling, or helping a patient to strengthen their network of social support. The core functions of medical social…show more content…
For each and every service we have specialized personnel and departments available now. Medical social workers specialized in that area of social work and part of the multidisciplinary team usually work in hospital, nursing home or hospice, have a degree in the field, and work with patients and their families in need of psychosocial help. They assess the psychosocial functioning of patients and families and intervene as and when necessary. Interventions may include connecting patients and families to necessary resources and support in the community; offering psychotherapy, counseling, or helping a patient to strengthen their network of social support. The core functions of medical social workers include: Psychosocial assessment, Family education and mediation, Counselling for individuals, couples and families, risk assessment, financial assessment and resource management, Discharge Planning, Information and Referral Services. They work in almost all the different departments and fields in a hospital and have large number of cases and have to meet tight deadlines for arranging necessary services. Medical social workers often deal with complex cases involving patients who come into the hospital with multiple psychosocial issues, all of which require assessment and treatment. The multiple problems of the patients and family can impede timely care services. Social networking has enabled different client populations,…show more content…
Increased contact with the social network and higher levels of social support were associated with greater use of general medical services. However, more social support was associated with use of fewer services within the specialty psychiatric sector. Increased contact with the social network and higher levels of social support were associated with greater use of general medical services. However, more social support was associated with use of fewer services within the specialty psychiatric

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