Social Worker, Medical
Medical social workers, sometimes referred to
as clinical social workers or health services social workers,
collaborate with physicians and health care professionals to help
individuals cope with social and emotional factors related to a medical
condition or problem.
Medical social workers work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation
centers, substance abuse facilities and other health care settings. They
work directly with patients and families and counsel them on how to
deal with emotional and social problems that are related to the
patient’s medical disorder or disability. They are trained to link the
patient with community resources. They advise patient and family on
following medical recommendations and teach them to use community
resources to resume a normal or active lifestyle - without being
inhibited by their medical condition.