About MSWA

About MSWA(Taiwan)

In Taiwan, it has been over 70 years since the first medical social work unit was established in 1949. And a great number of social workers have flocked to social work units in various types of hospitals since the evaluation system was put into practice in the mid-1990s by the Health Bureau of the Executive Yuan. Of the 426 accredited hospitals in Taiwan, 237 have full-time social workers, 18 have part-time social workers, and 138 do not have social workers. The total number of medical social workers is 2020.

Medical social work in Taiwan content is major on casework, performing differential group work in larger patient groups based on support groups, community work focuses on the general medical needs of community residents, medical social workers both the roles of volunteer manpower recruitment expectations, frequency of use of hospital resources than resources outside the hospital, nurturing learning medical social work practice and social importance of talent, the establishment of public relations with the non-medical maintenance social worker's key business, government policies affecting the implementation of the medical social work services for special services by small minorities of service frequency, medical social services, and look forward to increased volunteer work groups to perform work.
We have invited the government, and social work professional organizations in 2014, to discuss "The Medical Social Work Core Professional Practice in Taiwan", which includes:


  • Provide psychological, social functioning, relationship, and adjustment, behavioral and economic assessment, counseling, or intervention for patients, family members, and their families;
  • Provide psychological counseling and social resource linkage or treatment for victims of protective (domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide) violence and their relatives;
  • Provide appropriate discharge preparation services: coordinate and liaise with patient's family members; collaborate with medical team to develop and link community resources;
  • Provide social and psychological group counseling or intervention: with the goal of psychosocial recovery, assist patients, families members, and their families to cope with the adjustment, stress, and role difficulties caused by the illness;
  • Participate in special illness or acute care teams (e.g., psychiatric, AIDS, burn patients, children with developmental delays, oncology patients, etc.), providing coordination and support, interventions, and facilitating patients' social relationships and adjustment to illness and society;
  • Participating in transplant teams: perform family financial and relationship assessments, provide emotional and grief counseling, and aftercare resources and family care services;
  • End-stage patient and family services: including wish consultation, psychological counseling, emotional support, bereavement care, collaborative family meetings, clinical psychosocial counseling or intervention;
  • Develop community resources, build community relationships, and collaborate with medical teams to develop community health promotion programs to create healthy communities;
  • Medical social work professional development, planning, clinical teaching, supervision, research, and quality improvement programs;
  • Patient and family advocacy: human subjects testing, ethics committees, and advocacy to improve access to care and welfare for vulnerable patients;
  • Medical social work management, providing volunteer services, charitable solicitation, and public service activities;
  • Other activities as directed by the medical team and in accordance with Article 12 of the Social Work Practitioners Act.