This thesis aims to explore how medical social workers/counselors perform their work
with people during crisis and how they accumulate and practice scientific crisis
knowledge. This study is an empirical research paper based on qualitative interviews
conducted with eight medical social workers. The data was analysed with Kvales
model for categorization, which constitutes the basis of the research. The results of
the research was then analysed with the use of Cullbergs crisis theory and a model of
evidence based practice which is described by Topor and Denhov. The results show
that the medical social workers practice the evidence based practice model, described
by Topor and Denhov, in combination with Cullbergs crisis theory. The medical
social workers acknowledged the individuals’ experiences in their work as well as
their own experiences and scientific knowledge. Our conclusion is that the practice of
medical social workers/counselors is varying, depending on the varying needs of the
individuals. The social workers/counselor accumulates most knowledge through their
own and the individuals’ experiences, but also from scientific crisis evidence.
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