A nationwide study of Swedish oncology social workers: characteristics, clinical function and perceived barriers to optimal functioning
2017 (English)In: Social work in health care, ISSN 0098-1389, E-ISSN 1541-034XArticle in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Oncology social workers (OSWs) play a key role in cancer services, but they have mainly been described from an Anglo-Saxon perspective. This study aims to widen the field by scrutinizing the role and function of OSWs in Sweden. By means of a nationwide questionnaire to Swedish OSWs, the professional characteristics of this group are described, as well as their descriptions and reflections on their clinical function and their experiences of barriers to optimal functioning. Our findings indicate that Swedish OSWs seem to have taken a different path than in other countries by mainly providing therapeutic treatment and counselling to the patients rather than working with discharge planning. However, due to a mismatch between clinical demands and the training of Swedish OSWs, some suggestions are provided for future social work education in Sweden.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis, 2017.
cancer, oncology social work, clinical function, education, training, counselling
Social Work Cancer and Oncology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133284OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133284DiVA: diva2:1086490
ProjectsA nationwide study of the function of the social worker in cancer care and rehabilitation: the present status and prospects for the future
FunderThe Kamprad Family Foundation, 20150039