Medical Social Work and the Community

By Edith Seltzer

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, June 1949

This piece explores the relationships between hospital social work and the community. Medical social service in hospitals and medical care agencies have as their primary purpose the provision of social case work service to individuals who have social and emotional problems associated with illness. The unique position of this field in the constellation of social work arises from its dual affiliationsâ?"on the one hand, an alliance with doctors, clinical medicine, hospitals and hospital administrative policies; and on the other hand, a vital and necessary affiliation with the cooperating social services in the community. To the extent that medical social work can effectively interpret this philosophy of service, it makes a contribution to the community. This will depend in part upon the quality of its relatedness to the community and an interest on the part of all community agencies in adapting their services to the swiftly changing and unpredictable needs of the ill.

Topic: Social Services, Social Work, Medical Care, Community Development, Health and Healing, Partnerships

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.25/no.4

Page Number(s): 507-512

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Seltzer, Edith. Medical Social Work and the Community. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. June 1949: 507-512.


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