A preadmission social work intervention was evaluated for impact on length of hospital stay (LOS) and patient satisfaction. Psychosocial issues related to function and post-discharge needs were assessed at an exploratory level. A modified post-test only control group design was used. Study group patients were screened before hospitalization and offered services on admission. Control group patients received standard care. Study group patients were significantly more satisfied with services but impact on length of stay was not demonstrated with one possible exception. Post-operative complications were significantly related to longer LOS; however, unlike control group patients, study group patients with complications did not have significantly longer LOS. Women and those limited in preadmission physical function were most likely to report insufficient help after discharge. A more intensive preadmission intervention is recommended to improve impact on LOS and informal support system involvement, while future outcome studies would clarify the nature of service gaps and high risk groups.