There are several advantages to incorporating group therapy in the general hospital setting. For example, since patients often share their concerns informally, a formal venue to have group conversations is most welcome. As well, family members receive subsidiary benefit from group therapy participants who are improving as a result of their treatment. However, constructing groups of patients or family members can be difficult due to timing constraints and feelings of encroachment by other hospital staff. Additionally, many social workers themselves are uncomfortable with group work. Thus, there are several challenges to the successful implementation of group therapy in the hospital setting, though the benefits are worth the effort.
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Hirsch, Sidney. Group Program in a General Hospital: A Consideration of Differential Factors. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1969: