THE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT APPROACH TO SOCIAL WORK IN HEALTH CARE

  • Laetitia Petersen University of the Witwatersrand
  • Edmarie Pretorius University of the Witwatersrand
Keywords: Gauteng Department of Health, health care reform, health care settings, social development approach, social work in health care, transformation

Abstract

Social work in health care delivers essential services to South Africa’s vulnerable populations. The social development approach attempts to address inequalities and uplift vulnerable people. An explanatory-sequential mixed methodological study explored the application of the social development approach to social work in health care in the Gauteng Department of Health. The findings indicated that social workers in health care deliver a diverse service in attending to patients’ needs and are ideally situated to address and implement the social development approach. However, challenges are experienced in the absence of strategic policies regarding the implementation of the social development approach in health care.

Author Biographies

Laetitia Petersen, University of the Witwatersrand
Social Work Department, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Edmarie Pretorius, University of the Witwatersrand
Social Work Department, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Published
2022-06-09
Section
Articles