Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Laura Boisen, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Clarice Staff, D.S.W.

Third Advisor

Craig Malm, M.S.W.


Hospital social workers today face many challenges due to the swift and evolving scene of health care. To a large degree. managed care has been the primary force influencing health care in recent years. In fact, the inception and development of managed care has created new conditions for the hospital social worker. These conditions have meant greater responsibility as well as higher expectations for the hospital social worker. This exploratory study examined the current and future role of the hospital social worker, the functions performed and, the attitudes among hospital social workers in relationship to managed care. Results indicate that hospital social workers are spending the majority of their time performing discharge planning. Results also indicate that hospital social workers feel strongly about certain themes related to managed care.


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