To prepare for this Discussion, review this week’s resources including the web article titled, “Pioneering a Profession: A History of Social Work Innovation at the MGH, 1905–2005.” Consider how individuals and events have shaped the medical social work profession. Think about the health care delivery systems in the United States and their impact on the profession. Finally, consider the future of the profession.
Post a brief description of one major historical event that you believe influenced the medical social work profession. Explain the impact—both positive and negative—of managed care in the evolution of medical social work since the emergence of managed care in the 1980s. Take a position and provide specific examples to support your position. Briefly describe current issues—the challenges and the opportunities for the medical social work profession. Select one current issue that you think is important or challenging for this profession. Explain why. Provide a future perspective of this profession with regard to leadership and advocacy for patient care and well-being. Justify your response with scholarly resources.