Social work admission assessment tool for identifying patients in need of comprehensive social work evaluation

Carla Boutin-Foster, Sona Euster, Yvette Rolon, Athena Motal, Rhonda BeLue, Robin Kline, Mary E. Charlson

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Abstract

Early identification of patients who need a social work evaluation is integral to effective discharge planning. This article describes the development and application of the Social Work Admission Assessment Tool (SWAAT), a six-item scale that identifies patients with complicated discharge needs who require a social work evaluation. It addresses ambulation, mental status, living situation, current social services, self-perceived need for additional services, and need for assistance in going home. Based on their scores, patients are categorized as having low, intermediate, or high need. A greater proportion of high-need patients were discharged with services and had prolonged hospitalizations (p = .0001).The SWAAT is a comprehensive needs assessment tool that may facilitate discharge planning and improve quality of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Social Work
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)

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