The Role of Medical Social Work in a Hospital Home Care Program

By Minna Field

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, September 1947

The author describes the role of medical social work in the home care program of the Montefiore Hospital in New York. She argues that while the practice of the Social Service Department has been to arrange for transfers, this has been of negligible practical value as a means of insuring a turnover in beds, since the waiting lists in the voluntary custodial institutions are long, and the city hospitals have insufficient bed capacity to absorb the growing number of custodial patients. The piece concludes by asserting that as reviews of the contribution by medical social work to the new home care programs are assessed, there is evidence of the effectiveness of the service which has stemmed from firmly-established professional concepts.

Topic: Professionalism, Social Services, Social Work, Medical Care, Program Evaluation, Housing, Health and Healing

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.1

Page Number(s): 103-111

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Field, Minna. The Role of Medical Social Work in a Hospital Home Care Program. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. September 1947: 103-111. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6004


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