A medical social work perspective on rehabilitation
Kerstin Sjögren Fugl-Meyer
Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society Division of Social Work, Alfred Nobels allé 23, D3, SE-141 83 Huddinge, Sweden. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This paper introduces a biopsychosocial model for use as a tool by medical social workers and other rehabilitation professionals for the descriptive analysis of the case history and follow-up of patients needing rehabilitative support. The model is based on action theory and emphasizes the demands on evidence-based clarification of the interplay between a subject’s contextual life situation, their ability to act in order to realize their goals, and their emotional adaptation. Using clinical experience and literature searches, a standard operations procedure to adequately document the case history in clinical practice is suggested, thus providing strategies through which the work of medical social workers can be based on evidence. Some specific areas of concern for the medical social worker within the rehabilitation of disabled people are highlighted.
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