Medical social workers are often the first people to respond to calls for help from patients who are experiencing physical or mental health issues, but often they don’t have the skills to diagnose and treat them.
And even though the role of social workers has expanded over the past decade, they are often overlooked when health care professionals and government agencies consider how best to promote patient care and prevent illness and disability.
That’s where social workers come in.
This year, researchers from Harvard University found that social workers could be a powerful tool in addressing health disparities and promoting care.
The researchers conducted a study of more than 30,000 social workers in the U.S. and Canada.
The results showed that social care workers could have a significant impact on improving the health of patients, particularly those with mental health conditions.
In fact, the study found that health professionals were much more likely to be willing to treat patients with mental illness than other health professionals.
For instance, nearly half of social worker respondents said they had the experience of treating a patient with a mental illness, compared to just one-quarter of health professionals who reported that experience.
These results highlight the importance of social care providers in improving the quality of care and support for patients with health conditions, the authors said in the report.
The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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