Medical social workers as mediators between patients, physicians, and the court: the case of former ringworm patients

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Abstract

Facilitating benefit and resource acquisition to assist clients is a major responsibility of medical social workers, requiring them to have a thorough knowledge of community resources, legislation, and regulations. The aim of the current study was to examine knowledge of the Law for Compensation of Scalp Ringworm Victims and ringworm-related irradiation damage among 101 social workers employed in diverse healthcare settings in Israel. We found that 65.3% of the social workers were aware of the law, but only 40.6% were aware of the health effects of scalp ringworm irradiation. Media coverage and clients who underwent scalp ringworm irradiation were social workers’ major sources of knowledge. Working with former ringworm patients had the strongest association with knowledge of the law and of ringworm-related irradiation damage. Results highlight the important contribution of exposure to clients’ experiences and knowledge to expand social workers’ knowledge of health issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-587
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 13 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Medical social workers
  • radiation-induced damage
  • service user experience
  • social work training
  • specialized knowledge

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