Medical social work in Ireland and Germany: a comparison of a personal social service in two different welfare states

Andrea Buckley

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Abstract

This dissertation, written for the course Master of European Social Policy Analysis – National University of Ireland Maynooth - , shows the context or so-called framework within which the medical social work service in two different welfare states: Ireland and Germany operates. This means the societal context as a whole, the health system in general (macro-level) and the hospital setting (mezzo-level) in particular. The idea of this publication is to give a short overview of the historic development of medical social work (micro-level) in Ireland and Germany and some background information about what medical social work is. The time frame examined starts from the 1980s up to present. The main questions to be answered are: What are the interdependencies between the macro-, mezzo- and micro-level? Have changes in the health system in general and the hospitals in particular influenced medical social work and if so how? What are the similarities and differences in the two countries?
Original languageEnglish (Ireland)
TypeMA thesis
Number of pages79
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

  • hospitals
  • medical social work
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • comparative research
  • social and health services

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