The interprofessional team as a small group

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Conflicts in interprofessional teamwork may be as much explained by group process considerations as by the interaction of professional roles and statuses. This paper examines the interprofessional team as a small group, using a synthesis of sources from, social psychology, social group work, T-group literature, management theory, and health team research. Eight issues are considered in relation to the team as a small group, namely, (a) the individual in the group, (b) team size, (c) group norms, (d) democracy, (e) decision making and conflict resolution, (f) communication and structure, (g) leadership, and (h) group harmony and its relationship to group productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-32
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes


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