This piece explores the role of medical social worker within the context of the evolving concept of the hospital. The author describes how much hospitals have changed in terms of how they are extending beyond the confines of their physical structures, how they are implementing follow-up home services, how they are now treating new categories of illnesses, how they are emphasizing teaching programs, not only for interns and residents, but for other professional personnel. The piece notes that medical social work has expanded beyond the hospital setting to reach into communities as well as the growing presence of private patient groups. The piece concludes by reaffirming the value of the new role of medical social workers as it relates to hospitals.
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Novak, Marie L. Role of the Medical Social Worker in the Changing Concept of the Hospital. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. June 1949: