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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1976 February; 26(163): 95–105.
PMCID: PMC2157888

Social work and general practice

A report of a three-year attachment


Much has been written about social worker/general-practitioner collaboration, particularly about conflict of roles, differing functions, avenues of accountability, and problems of distributing scarce resources.

We suggest that if the two professions are to work more comfortably together, then it is imperative that both also share the despair, hopelessness, anxiety, and anger that are the occupational hazards of each. We suggest ways in which doctors and social workers can look at the pain their patients are suffering to the benefit of the patient and their own working relationship.

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  • Brook A, Temperley J. The contribution of a psychotherapist to general practice. J R Coll Gen Pract. 1976 Feb;26(163):86–94. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Ratoff L, Rose Anne, Smith Carole. Social workers and general practitioners—some problems of working together. J R Coll Gen Pract. 1974 Nov;24(148):750–760. [PMC free article]
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