The social worker's role as member of the medical team in discharge planning for chronically ill veterans
Nadeau, Isidore Edward
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The chronically ill patient in a general hospital designated for the treatment of the acutely ill presents serious problems to the medical team. With the advancements made in the medical profession, together with improved hospital facilities, more people today can benefit from hospitalization. Because of this fact, more people utilize hospital facilities today than in the past, with the results that hospitals are often overcrowded and cannot accommodate all who require treatment. Consequently, it is extremely important that the period of hospitalization be as short as possible, and consistent with the patient's condition, both for the chronically and the acutely ill if these services are to be available to all.
Thesis (M.S.)--Boston University