chapter  5
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Small Group Communication in Health Care

Small groups are ubiquitous social entities. Pervading the health-care system, small groups enjoin members of a subsystem (e.g., administrators, providers, patients) or function as the interface between levels in the larger system (e.g., administrators and hospital staff). Although the functions of small groups in the health-care system vary, their uses illustrate the interdependence of varied components in health-care delivery, policy formation, health-care administration, health promotion, and research.