Patient Services,

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Social Work Services

Social Work Services - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics

Patients and families often experience a variety of concerns associated with acute or chronic illnesses. Social workers in health care practice are available to help with:

  • Managing emotional and psychological distress
  • Coping with grief, loss, and bereavement
  • Finding support to manage difficult family or social situations
  • Negotiating the health care system
  • Understanding treatment options
  • Accessing substance abuse treatment
  • Addressing issues of family violence and abuse
  • Obtaining guardianship
  • Preparing Advance Directives
  • Identifying Community Resources 


Social workers are professionally trained to help people find solutions to many of life's most difficult problems. Of note, all Social Workers employed by UWHC have a Master of Social Work degree. Their scope of practice encompasses all points in the life-span, from infancy to old age. 

As a member of the health care team, the social worker focuses on assisting patients and families with the stresses associated with sudden and chronic illnesses and their impact on everyday life. Social workers help mobilize family, friends and community resources to help solve problems. Services include:


Patient Lodging

Financial Support Form for Patient/Family Hotel Lodging


Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW)

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers (WI)

Society for Transplant Social Workers

Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care