Acta Scientific Medical Sciences

Review Article Volume 2 Issue 6

The Study of Medical Social Worker how was this Evolved in India and how Medical Social Service Officer in AIIMS can Changed the Problem Faced by Patients

Soumen Acharya*

Consultant, NIPCCD, New Delhi, India

*Corresponding Author: Soumen Acharya, Consultant, NIPCCD, New Delhi, India

Received: June 15, 2018; Published: August 14, 2018

Citation: Soumen Acharya. “The Study of Medical Social Worker how was this Evolved in India and how Medical Social Service Officer in AIIMS can Changed the Problem Faced by Patients”. Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 2.6 (2018).


  Medical social work is a sub-discipline of social work, also known as hospital social work. Medical social workers typically work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, community health agency, skilled nursing facility, long-term care facility or hospice. They work with patients and their families in need of psychosocial help. Medical social workers assess the psychosocial functioning of patients and families and intervene as necessary. Interventions may include connecting patients and families to necessary resources and supports in the community like preventative care; providing psychotherapy, supportive counseling, or grief counseling; or helping a patient to expand and strengthen their network of social supports. Role of a medical social worker is to “restore balance in an individual’s personal, family and social life, in order to help that person maintain or recover his/her health and strengthen his/her ability to adapt and reintegrate into society”. Professionals in this field typically work with other disciplines such as medicine, nursing, physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy. Introduction of Hospital Social Work in India was influenced by the work of lady almoners of Britain and medical social workers in America. The physicians of India who visited Britain and America for study got the opportunity to observe the activities of almoners and medical social workers. After returning in India some of the physicians were very interested to start similar activities in there hospitals or clinics. The opening of social and preventive medicine departments in medical colleges, psychiatric clinic in some of the general hospitals and training programs in medical social work in some of the school of social work in Bombay and Delhi placed student for practical training in hospital and clinic give further impetus to the development of medical social work in India. The first medical social worker in India was appointed in 1946 in the J. J. Hospital in Bombay. Gradually, medical social worker began to be appointed in other hospitals and clinics of India. At present, medical social workers are working in almost all the States of India. In a study conducted at AIIMS we found out that the patients coming for registration at AIIMS new Delhi were given a form those who wanted the help The forms were analyzed and the results were found out age, education qualification, gender, marital status.

On basis of that we did the study and the data was analyzed. The result showed in the study was alarming.

Keywords: Medical Social Worker; India; AIIMS

Copyright: © 2018 Soumen Acharya. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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