Throughout the MSW curriculum, you have learned how to conduct biopsychosocial assessments. In this Week’s Assignment, you apply what you learned to a medical context where you share assessment and intervention with an interdisciplinary team. As the medical social worker charged with a client’s care, you consider the nature and progression of their illness and integrate the macro and micro issues that influence their experience. You also monitor the nature and progression of their illness or disability to ensure they have the supports and resources needed. By examining medical social work roles, responsibilities, scope of practice and practice skills, and ethics, you understand how the medical social work profession contributes to the health care system and patient care.
To Prepare: Choose one of the following biopsychosocial assessment tools (or one of your choosing if approved by the instructor) to analyze for this assignment. Select the tool you might be most likely to use in your preferred healthcare work setting.
Home Care Example: http://www.matrixhomecare.com/Forms/Medical%20Social%20Work%20Assessment.pdf
Nursing Home Example: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Downloads/Archive-Draft-of-the-MDS-30-Nursing-Home-Comprehensive-NC-Version-1140.pdf
In a 3-4 page paper:
Assess the overall tool you selected to analyze for this assignment. In your assessment, explain whether you believe there are questions that were not addressed and why you think that may be important.
Explain whether or not the assessment is strengths-based.
Identify other professionals in healthcare who may have input into the assessment.
Identify any sections of the assessment tool that are best completed by other healthcare professionals and explain why.
Consider the implications of various professionals disagreeing over the assessment content and discuss how would you mitigate those challenges.
Explain how psychosocial issues (including policy and legal issues) might impact the patient’s medical care and/or health outcomes and the role of the social worker in assessing and addressing those issues on an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
Support your Assignment with specific references to resources, using appropriate APA format and style. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the resources for this course.
Gehlert, S., & Browne, T. (Eds.). (2019). Handbook of health social work (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
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