There are many fields of social work and one of them is medical
social work. This is something that deals with the psychosocial part of
people’s lives and focuses more on patients. These patients can be
suffering from any disease or problem.
There are also many
different areas that are covered in this field. Medical social workers
can work with patients who are suffering with incurable and lifelong
diseases such as AIDS and Alzheimer’s and even cancer. These patients
need support and help to make the remaining days of their lives easier
and so workers help with that. They can provide medical advice,
assistance and at home care if needed by the patients.
patient has been through a traumatic accident, or been diagnosed with a
serious illness, many doctors and hospitals recommend medial social
workers to help these patients these trying times. It can be very hard
for people to take such bad news, and they can be in shock, so workers
can help them with that. If needed, therapy can also be recommended.
important responsibility is to help people with substance abuse
problems, and to provide help to their families. Medical social workers
can help these people find medical help and cures for their addictions,
and help their families cope with this situation. Sometimes, families
even call such workers to help addicts, who are not aware that they have
Medical social workers also work with victims of
abuse, whether it is family abuse, domestic violence or child abuse.
Many times, doctors and teachers can suspect that someone is a victim of
abuse even if the person does not talk about it, and they call
specialists in the field to help investigate the situation. Patients are
more likely to talk to an expert about such negative incidents, and
often hide it from their families and friends.
Hospices also hire
medical social workers to help the patients who are on their death bed.
They help these patients wind up their affairs so that they are ready
for any situation. They can help write wills, fulfill last wishes and
even help the families of such patients if death does occur.
social workers have a lot of responsibilities and can really make a
difference for people in need, and the society as a whole. This is why
many hospitals now have such people on call, and recommend patients to