Scope of Social Work Profession in Medical Setting

Arul Paul, Carter Prem Raj


Social Work in today’s world has established itself as a significant full-fledged professional at par with any other profession.  As the world is become a materialistic; the devoid of the human sentiments and with emotions, diseas and illness with people are largly growing more and more self-centred.  It is understood a sick and happy child cannot learn, and cannot produce.  Good health is very important both to the nation and an individual.  Health is  state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity.  It is the yardstick of measuring an individual progress and devlopment.  Among other factors, social factors create a predisposition to disease, directly cause disease, transmit the cause of disease and influence the course of disease.  Therefore the medical social workers helps the patients from the moment they enters he hospital, up to the adjustment with the past normal life.  The main aim of medical social worker is to helps us prevention of disease and rehabilitation treatment plan.  The scope of social workers is widely bigger in nature but simentanously lots of difficulties and challenges they have been facing  in the field of health.  The cirriculum of the social work was carefully developed to attain the needs of the society.

This Paper examines the methodology of appointment of Social Worker, challenges, roles in the hospitals (scope of Practice in hospital social work), department where the social workers enhance their services.

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