Faculty Publications

Title

A typology for establishing social work staffing patterns within an emergency room

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Crisis intervention, Emergency room, Staffing typology

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Treatment

Volume

3

Issue

3

First Page

171

Last Page

188

Abstract

Data collected from 2,485 patients' emergency room records of two large urban hospitals in Philadelphia, PA, revealed the inability of emergency room staff to provide psychosocial care due to the volume of patients and the acute nature of medical treatment. While the majority of cases were discharged from the ER, the presence of a social worker expedited both the process of crisis intervention and the timely disposition of nonurgent cases.

Original Publication Date

12-1-1997

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