The scope and scenario of healthcare system of
India has been going through a transitional phase.
At present Indian healthcare system is in
transitional phase falling in between Westernized
System and Traditional Oriental System. The
health care system is being forced to recognize
the importance of incorporating newer and more
user friendly changes, because those changes
could rectify age-old problems and lacunaes
affecting the entire healthcare system.
In the period when our Medical Social Work
professionals were putting their best foot forward
in all aspects of medical setting contributing in
patient health care in the medical set ups all over
the country. There came in, the idea to bring up
a platform for the recognition for our Medical Social
Work professionals and improve the professional
competence in the country.
Expressed emotion (EE), is a qualitative measure of the amount of emotion displayed, typically in the family setting, usually by a family or care takers. Expressed emotion was introduced in England in the 1960s by Brown and his associates (Kanter et al., 1987). The Lancet (Brown, Carstairs & Topping, 1958) looked at the social environment into which long-stay psychiatric patients returned after discharge from the hospital.
The ancient times have often described old age as second childhood. Just like a child an elderly is dependent on the caregivers to help them with activities (Almeida, 2012). This stage represents the final period of lifespan, a time where the individual reflects on life, ponders over his past accomplishments and begins to plan the closure. Aging is a process of becoming older.
Schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder are severe mental illness, which is stressful not only for the patients, but also for family members (Saunders, 2003). The family is generally perceived by society as the unit responsible for providing children with an environment that serves their physical and emotional needs (Goldstein et al., 1978).
World Health Organization estimates that 10% of the (world health organization, 1989) world’s population has some form of disability. Mental retardation (MR) is one form of disability and affects 1-3% Curry (1997) of human population. Mental disorder is a particular state of functioning that begins in childhood and is characterized by decreased intelligence and adaptive skills and also is the 3 most common developmental disorder (Bregman, 1991).
Adolescence is a phase separate from both early childhood and adulthood. It is a transitional period that requires special attention and protection. Physically, children go through a number of transitions while they mature. We now know that the brain undergoes quite substantial developments in early adolescence, which affect emotional skills as well as physical and mental abilities.
The organ and tissue transplantation is no longer mere science fiction, a blend of wishful thinking and faith in the power of science. It is already saving lives, restoring health and improving the ability of thousands to lead fuller lives. Organ transplant offers a vision of hope where there was little hope before. It promises to erase the word “incurable” from many deadly ills of the human body (Schmeck, 1965).
Children with poor scholastic performance become source of immense stress for parents and teachers, which in turn, reduce the selfconfidence of children. These children are at risk of developing stress related disorders and behaviour disorders. Children with Specific developmental disorder of scholastic skills (SDDSS) have disturbances in acquisition of scholastic skills from early stages of development.
The “Indian Journal of Health Social Work” is a biannual E-journal which will be published in the month of January and July in every year. The Indian Journal of Health Social Work is an official
publication of All India Association of Medical Social
Work Professionals (AIAMSWP). The journal
accepts original research work, review articles,
case reports, commentary, forum, & brief
communication related to social work practice in
An official publication of All India Association of Medical Social Work