The laryngectomy patient's view of social work support services in a hospital setting
CITATION: Steyn, H. & Green, S. 2010. The laryngectomy patient's view of social work support services in a hospital setting. Social Work, 46(1):88-106, doi:10.15270/46-1-185.
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A laryngectomy is the surgical procedure of removing the entire larynx in advanced cancer of the larynx or hypopharynx. The focus of this article is on laryngectomy patients ' views of social work support services in a hospital setting. It describes the role of the social worker in providing information, solving problems, offering social and emotional support and promoting rehabilitation opportunities. To fulfil these roles, support groups are indispensable to patients and their families in dealing with daily life challenges. The study showed that the benefits of support groups are compatible with the above-mentioned roles of the social worker.