The Clinical Social Worker provides crisis intervention, short term counseling, information and referrals for patients and their families, ranging in age from infants through geriatrics. Provides coordination of complex discharge planning needs and concrete service needs of patients. Leads educational and support groups. Provides consultation related to psychosocial aspects of care as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team. Serves as an expert in community resource programs. Is a liaison to community referral agencies, both public and private. Participates as a member of the Bioethics Committee.
The Clinical Social Worker coordinates all aspects of social barriers to care with the case manager and the interdisciplinary team, to ensure effective, high quality, timely and cost-efficient results.
The American Case Management Association places the role of Social Work in acute care hospitals in the realm of Case Management and describes the functions as follows:
"Case Management (Social Work) in Hospital and Health Care Systems is a collaborative practice model including patients, nurses, social workers, physicians and other practitioners, caregivers and the community. The Case Management process encompasses communication and facilitates care along a continuum through effective resource coordination. The goals of Case Management include the achievement of optimal health access to care and appropriate utilization of resources, balanced with the patient's right to self-determination."
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