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International social work survey examines psychosocial assessment in brain injury

Fri 24 Mar 2023

An international study has examined the use of psychosocial assessments conducted by social workers.

An international study has examined the use of psychosocial assessments conducted by social workers.

Social workers from Sweden, the UK, North American and Asia Pacific regions were invited to complete a survey that explored the use of psychosocial assessments.

A psychosocial assessment is an assessment that evaluates a person’s psychological and social well-being, exploring domains such as one’s physical health, relationships and mood.

The survey was completed by 76 social workers, of whom 80% reported conducting psychosocial assessments. Within inpatient/ rehabilitation settings, the top five issues identified included housing related needs, informed consent for treatment, caregiver support, financial issues and navigating treatment systems. In the community, the top issues identified related to emotional regulation, resistance to and compliance with treatment, depression and self-esteem.

The researchers conclude that social workers assess a broad range of psychosocial issues, and that their findings can help to develop the framework of psychosocial assessments in the future.

For further information, visit www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02699052.2023.2183258.

Reference: Simpson, G., Hyzak, K.A., Hawley, L., Vunkhanching, M., & Mantell, A. (2023). Psychosocial assessment in brain injury: An international social work survey. Brain Injury.
DOI: doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2023.2183258

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