The Perception of Organizational Issues of Social Work Practitioners in Saudi Hospitals

Abdulaziz Albrithen, Nadir Yalli

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Health care has evolved rapidly in Saudi Arabia, based upon a Western model of service that incorporates multidisciplinary professional teams. Social work practice forms part of patient care. This study explores how Saudi social workers perceive their role and how they describe their practice within the hospital context. A quantitative methodology was employed using a self-administered questionnaire. Analysis revealed that 219 social workers perceived formidable limitations to their daily work practice. The study identified factors relating to the hospital's organizational circumstances where a) organizational structural aspects, b) organizational resources, and c) hospital management and interprofessional teamwork impacted best practice. Future research and recommendations for further study are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-291
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Saudi Arabia
  • Social work
  • hospital social workers
  • organizational environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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