Communicating with pediatricians: developing social work practice in primary care

Soc Work Health Care. 2013;52(4):397-416. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2012.750257.


While social work models of interdisciplinary collaboration suggest that communication is important, the research literature on social worker-physician collaboration infrequently considers work with pediatricians or practice outside the hospital setting. A cross-sectional survey was sent to a stratified random sample of social workers to assess their communication satisfaction with pediatricians. The study found that social workers in health settings were more satisfied than those in mental health settings. The implications of this finding for the development of colocated, collaborative care models are discussed.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration
  • Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pediatrics
  • Physicians
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / organization & administration*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Program Development
  • Social Work / organization & administration
  • Social Work / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Young Adult