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Shelley L. Craig, PhD, RSW Assistant Professor Raluca Bejan MSW student Barbara Muskat , PhD, RSW Social Work Director, The Hospital for Sick Children. MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE: Are Medical Social Workers Addressing the Social Determinants of Health? . Purpose .
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Barbara Muskat, PhD, RSW
Social Work Director, The Hospital for Sick Children
DIVERSITY & EQUITY
HEALTH CARE SERVICES
The focus on proximal/ tangible SDH may be related to:
1) The short term nature of patient contact in health/hospital social work
2) The needs of the health care setting and the reason social workers are hired
3) The importance of addressing the most pressing needs first (food).
4) The limitations faced by HSW practicing in health care systems to address complex determinants
This means that the presence of HSW is incredibly important for the most vulnerable populations YET
Social workers expressed guilt that they werent addressing the most complex determinants and seemed to brush over the provision of tangible benefits.
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