Complementary roles for formal and informal support groups: a study of nursing homes and mortality rates.

@article{Litwak1985ComplementaryRF,
  title={Complementary roles for formal and informal support groups: a study of nursing homes and mortality rates.},
  author={Eugene Litwak},
  journal={The Journal of applied behavioral science},
  year={1985},
  volume={21 4},
  pages={407-25}
}
  • Eugene Litwak
  • Published 1985 in The Journal of applied behavioral science
Organizational theorists have argued that formal and informal support systems cannot exist in strong form in the same society. In this article, the author argues that such theories fail to consider the complementary of these two systems and the necessity of both for the completion of most tasks. A study of tasks performed for nursing home residents found that the formal organization assumed those tasks that could be standardized and deemed legitimate for Medicaid funding, while the others were… CONTINUE READING

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