Help to understand the word "practice

Posted by Elaine Pepe on November 16, 2004


I have got some problems with the word "practice" in some contexts.
The sentence is the following: We had research grants from the federal government, as well as a large hospital-based practice that included treating patients who neeeded to have their communications skills evaluated, for instance, after a stroke.

Well, what is practice in this context?

Thank you very, very much for your help.

Best regards,

Elaine Pepe
São Paulo/Brazil