HIV in the Classroom: Social Work Students Discuss Matching Medicine With Compassion
June 18, 2013
HIV is becoming increasingly biomedical. What do you think social workers bring to the conversation that can complement the medical side of HIV care?
Tina: That's a hard one. You know how some doctors don't have good beside manner, whereas social workers are more "feeling" type people? I guess we are "people-people," and we know how to relate to people on a different level without putting medicine and statistics and other things into it. I just think that having that compassion; and also, doctors give you your diagnosis and send you out the door. Social workers can complement that diagnosis by linking people to services or talking to the client and finding out what they need, as far as housing, medical care. Social workers, we are the link to all the outside services. A lot of medical practices probably wouldn't go above and beyond to help people after the diagnosis, whereas social workers -- that's what we're trained to do.
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