This paper reports the development of social work role and functions in a primary medical group practice which was established to replace the general medical clinics of a large urban voluntary teaching hospital in an academic medical center. It traces the shaping and implementation of a role which is functionally integral to the care, teaching and research goals of the practice; is opera-tionalized into its service delivery system; and utilizes a full range of sophisticated social work skills. Along with physicians and nurse practitioners, the social work is a principal provider of patient care, as well as physician educator and organizational consultant who contributes to coordinated, comprehensive and resource conservative care. Implications for other settings are noted.
|Title of host publication||Social Work in Health Care|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Handbook for Practice|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||21|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2014|