J Korean Diabetes.  2019 Dec;20(4):251-254. 10.4093/jkd.2019.20.4.251.

The Role of Medical Social Worker Engaging in Diabetes Management

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  • 1Department of Social Work, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, Seongnam, Korea. ciel95@chamc.co.kr

Abstract

Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires patient self-management. Successful self-care by diabetics includes accepting their diabetes status and learning proper diabetes management, as well as creating and maintaining a lifestyle that enables diabetes management. Recently, in order to improve diabetics' self-care capability, health education has been shared by trained specialists (doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and medical social workers, etc.) through team access. Under these circumstances, the medical social worker acts as a member of the treatment team and plays a role in helping patients' stabilize treatment and return to society smoothly by training them in psychological, economic, and social issues that make living with diabetes treatment difficult. The purpose of this study was to examine the role of medical social workers engaged in the treatment of diabetics based on their clinical work.

Keyword

Diabetes; Health education for diabetes; The role of medical social workers self-management of diabetics

MeSH Terms

Chronic Disease
Health Education
Humans
Learning
Life Style
Nutritionists
Self Care
Social Work*
Social Workers*
Specialization
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