4 Reasons Why Social Workers Are Important in Healthcare Settings by Emily Panganiban

  1. In many instances, social workers can help address and support a person’s emotional and psychological state. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, pp. 206-213)wjzjfudvsrf7ivia giphy
  2. A social worker can help a patient get the most cost-effective treatment or medication. At times, patients cannot afford the treatment or medication that is suggested to them. A social worker’s task, in this case, is to find out if there are more affordable alternatives that are just as effective. (in class lecture)u8auigjxy6qtsvia giphy
  3. A social worker can take the time to explain the meaning behind the health terms a patient might encounter. There can be many medical terms that a patient will not be able to understand. In Health Literacy: Critical Opportunities for Social Work Leadership in Health Care and Research, it was found that only 12% of people participating in the study had proficient health literacy. A social worker can help translate the jargon of a patient’s disease or treatment into more understandable terms. This is especially important for those patients in America whose second language is English. (Liechty, 2011)                           t3qcoadtzmbucvia giphy
  4. Teamwork and collaboration are important to social workers. This means that a social worker urges members of a patient’s team to “…learn from each other and contribute to treatment planning for each patient”(DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p.206). This means that communication between the team members may be better with a social worker on the team rather than without a social worker on the team.                                      vchtrizoglhnuvia giphy

References:

DiNitto, D., & McNeece, C. (2008). Social work: Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books

Liechty, J. (2011). Health Literacy: Critical Opportunities for Social Work Leadership in Health Care and Research. Health & Social Work, 99-107. P. 100

In class lecture 3/1/2016

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