First Advisor

Nancy Koroloff

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Medical social work



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1 online resource (98 p.)


The purpose of this project is to explore the field of hospital social work to see what, if any frustrations, problem areas, and/or dissatisfactions exist among those who work in this profession. In order to accomplish this task of exploration, the project is composed of three parts. The first segment is the literature review (Chapter II). It is divided into a brief history of hospital social work and other studies that have been done on hospital social workers. It is hoped that the combination of both of these components will reflect the struggles, strengths, and problems of the profession, therefore giving the reader a sense of the profession's background. Secondly, by attempting to capture some of the "roots" and research involving hospital social workers, hopefully, a context will be provided as the project takes a look at hospital social workers in Portland, Oregon.

The second part of the project consists of a research study. It attempts to assess the attitudes of hospital social workers in Portland toward the environment in which they work. By doing this, the research portion will contribute, more specifically, to the overall purpose of the project. This section includes the design and methodology of the research (Chapter III) as well as the findings (Chapter IV). All of the eight hospitals in the Portland area having social service departments are involved in the study. In addition, the ten second year MSW students from Portland State University who were placed in hospital settings for their second year of field placement, are also included in the research segment of the project.

The third part is comprised of the conclusions and recommendations. It is hoped that this section will bring together both the first and second parts of the project and in so doing, formulate the end results of the intended task, an exploration into the field of hospital social work. Finally, a short section will follow on recommendations for the future.


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