• Information about a patient's domestic, occupational, and community background is often essential in making a diagnosis and discovering the etiology of his trouble. It may also have to be taken into account in deciding on therapeutic and rehabilitative procedures.
The social worker, because of training and experience in obtaining such information, has become an accepted member of the medical team. In addition, the social worker has taken an active personal role in education, particularly the supervision of a program of home visits by senior medical students.
From this program the medical student gains not only an appreciation of the multiple etiological factors that result in illness but also a tactful approach to families and some understanding of the community resources available to the handicapped.
Schottstaedt WW, Gwinn ME. THE SOCIAL WORKER AS A TEACHER IN MEDICINEWITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE HOME VISITING PROGRAM AT THE OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. JAMA. 1956;161(4):318–320. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970040016004
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