Consultation of a social worker
Importance of social worker activity in health care institution:
- linking the patient's social problems to health and solving them;
- strengthening the patient's social functions in order to achieve his social integration.
One of the essential roles of a social worker in medicine is cooperation and mediation between the doctor and the patient. The social worker must be able to initiate positive changes in the patient's life, enabling him or her to participate and make decisions in the planning and delivery of care.
In order to objectively assess the situation, the social worker must establish emotional contact with the patient. During the consultation, the social worker informs and consults the patient on the issues of concern to him / her, after assessing the situation, introduces the patient to the information relevant to him / her.