WIT Press


A Study Of Hospital Based Social Workers In The UK: The Importance Of Verbal Communication In This Community

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CI040371

Volume

31

Pages

9

Published

2004

Size

337 kb

Author(s)

J. Harrison, M. Hepworth & P. de Chazal

Abstract

In a study of hospital based social workers in the UK verbal communication within the community was found to be of high octane value. Nine out of ten social workers sought information on a daily basis from their team managers or other social and healthcare professionals. The use of verbal communication is of paramount importance and defined their particular culture, which is practice and not research based. The study found that the social workers did not think themselves without IT and information searching skills or that they were computer illiterate. The major problem was lack of access to computer facilities and the Internet. These findings were compounded by the fact that the social workers were working in multidisciplinary teams with health professionals who have access t

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