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The group of health professionals who provide care for persons and populations. Ideally, every patient in a modern multispecialty hospital or clinic should be cared for by such a cohesive team, but often in reality the “team” is an ad hoc group that is loosely structured, rather than a cohesive team in which members work in harmony with one another, each with a well-defined role and responsibilities. In public health services, teamwork may often be more coherent, as in epidemic investigation, environmental health, caring for problem families, and many other specialized tasks of local, regional, and national public health services. A health team may also be centered on a patient or on a specific disease; for instance, persons with diabetes are the central members of the team that is responsible for maintaining them in metabolic balance.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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