An Overview of Social Work Practice in Health Care Setting with Special Reference to Pakistan

Syeda Farhana, Sakina Riaz


This paper describes the overview and historical development of social work in the health care system with special reference to Pakistan. The main purpose of this paper is to understand how social work is deliberated and executed in Pakistan. What are the challenges and administrative problems faced by social workers in this field? This study is exploratory research and researcher employing qualitative methods to explore this issue. The paper covers, three major areas, i) provides a brief world view of social work in health care, ii) role of social work in the health system and its relevance, and iii) the historical development of social work in health care in Pakistan. An endeavor has been made for in-depth analysis of the numerous aspects of exist and identify the problems and prospects of Social Work in health care (medical social work) as a profession in Pakistan and derived some viable recommendations for better prospects.

Keywords: Health care, medical social work, social health determinant of health, health inequalities, Pakistan.

DOI: 10.7176/JESD/10-14-17

Publication date:July 31st 2019

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