Nature and scope of medical social work in healthcare setting in Pakistan


  • Ibad Ullah Sajid Social Welfare and Bait-ul-Maal Department, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Aqib Shehzad Alvi Department of Social Work, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Irfan Nawaz Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad, Pakistan



A sick person’s needs are hardly ever simple rather these are complicated and multifold which require several kinds of assistance, simultaneously. Medicine is the one while the Medical Social Work (MSW) is another way. Social Work discipline emerged in earlier 20th century but in Pakistan, it has been started in 1953. The role of Social Work in healthcare setting is exclusively unique. Social Workers as a part of multidisciplinary teams are dealing with the multidimensional issues of the patients. In Pakistan, the MSW seems failed to achieve a mature professional status and it is still blurred in terms of skills and services. The significance of Social Work services is vague to healthcare administrators and even healthcare professionals. The role of social workers in healthcare setting is limited.




How to Cite

Ibad Ullah Sajid, Aqib Shehzad Alvi, & Irfan Nawaz. (2021). Nature and scope of medical social work in healthcare setting in Pakistan. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 71(10), 2385–2390.



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