ISSN ONLINE: 2558-815X
ISSN PRINT: 1584-9244
ISSN-L: 1584-9244

The role of social workers in Pediatric Oncology

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ABSTRACT

Introduction. In the past years, the role of social workers in the oncological disease treatment processes has significantly increased. The role implies supporting patient’s psycho-social conditions.

The objective of the study was to study the psycho-social challenges of oncological children and their families and to define a role of social work in this area.

Material and methods. As part of a qualitative study, five interviews were conducted with pediatric oncologists, also 15 in-depth interviews with family members of oncological patients and a focus group with 8 members. For the quantitative study, 62 beneficiaries and 12 medical specialists were interviewed.

Results. The children with oncology conditions and their families faced psycho-social challenges and were in need of social workers’ support in overcoming those challenges. The study demonstrated a low level of public awareness. There is a lack of information among both doctors and beneficiaries. Both psychologists and social workers are involved in re-socialization of oncological children and they care for the improvement of children’s quality of life and support their families. However, there are only a few of such organizations. Therefore, many people who need their support have no chance to take such services.

Conclusions. Implementing the social work in the pediatric oncology will be a major step toward the medical quality standards.

Keywords: pediatric oncology, childhood cancer, social worker.

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Corresponding author:
Tengiz VERULAVA
Public Health and Insurance Institute, School of Business, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Email: Tengiz.verulava@gmail.com

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Verulava T, Asatiani T, Dangadze B, Jorbenadze R. The role of social workers in pediatric oncology. Arch Balk Med Union 2019;54(2):315-319. doi.org/10.31688/ABMU.2019.54.2.14.