Social workers and interprofessional practice: Perceptions from within
Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice Volume 1, Number 1, ISSN 2405-4526 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This article presents findings of a national study of social workers employed in interprofessional agencies. Interprofessional settings include agencies such as schools, hospitals, prisons, community centers, nursing homes, employment assistance, and religious organizations, in which social work is not the dominant profession. Interprofessional practice involves blending professional skill, values and knowledge across disciplines.This study is designed to explore the challenges faced and opportunities offered for social workers in interprofessional settings.An Internet-based survey was used to reach a broad spectrum of social work practitioners and educators (975 deliverable, 426 completed) across the United States. The primary variables concerned social workers' judgments and perceptions about interprofessional practice.Findings paint a positive picture of the “fit” between social work and interprofessional settings.The results are instructive and support other studies over the past 10 years which have found positive outcomes for social workers in interprofessional settings.
Sweifach, J.S. (2015). Social workers and interprofessional practice: Perceptions from within. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 1(1), 21-27. Elsevier Ltd.