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What do medical social workers do in children's hospitals?

Medical social workers help patients and families cope with stress when a child receives care at the hospital. They help families identify support systems, resources, and other programs a family might need. They help in the following ways:
  • assist communication between patients and families, and the medical team
  • help during a crisis
  • provide emotional support
  • provide short-term counseling
  • provide contacts for resources and support services

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