Medical Social Workers

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Medical social workers provide unique and vital social services to patients in the midst of challenging medical issues. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about medical social workers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to improve peoples lives. Medical social workers help put the pieces of the health care puzzle together for patients and families.

Social workers often see clients who face life-threatening diseases or social problems, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, serious illness, disability or substance abuse. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spousal abuse.

Most social workers specialize. Although some conduct research or are involved in planning or policy development, most social workers prefer an area of practice in which they interact with clients.

These areas may include crisis intervention, discharge planning, information and referral, patient and family counseling, patient advocacy and education.

Medical and public health social workers provide individuals, families or vulnerable populations with the psychosocial support needed to cope with illnesses. They also advise family caregivers, counsel patients, and help plan for patients needs after discharge.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.