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Social Case-work in General Practice: An Alternative Approach

Br Med J 1970; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5707.475 (Published 23 May 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;2:475
  1. L. Ratoff,
  2. Barbara Pearson

    Abstract

    During a two-year period a senior case-worker was seconded by a voluntary family case-work agency, the Liverpool Personal Service Society, to work with three general practitioners. The commonest reasons for referral of the 157 new patients to the social worker over this study period were extreme poverty; housing, matrimonial, and psychiatric problems; and problems of fatherless families. The successful and valuable co-operation between the general practitioners, case-worker, and various specialist professional and financial services of the Society have proved that a professional social worker has an important role in the general-practice team.