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patient-centered

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(pā′shĕnt-sent′ĕrd) Pert. to health care that is focused on the patient or consumer of health care rather than on health care providers, financiers, insurers, or institutions.

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patient-centered medical home

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ABBR: PCMH. Medical home.

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patient channeling

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Channeling.

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patient circuit

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The artificial conduit that relays gases between a mechanical ventilator and a patient.

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patient compensation fund

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A governmentally administered account used as a treasury from which disbursements are made to those injured as a result of incompetence or malpractice by health care providers.

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patient concern

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A complaint or grievance raised by a patient (or a personal representative of a patient) about care rendered to him or her.

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patient day

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The basic time unit for calculating the cost of keeping a patient in a hospital for one day.

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patient delay

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Postponement by a patient in seeking medical attention or in taking prescribed medicines or following advice given by a physician.

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patient information system

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Hospital information system.

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patient interview

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Any clinical encounter with a patient in which, for example, his or her chief complaint, symptoms, history, current medications, and/or prior treatments are reviewed.

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patient lift team

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A team of physically fit and specially trained people who assist the nursing staff in moving patients.

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PATIENT CARE: Moving patients from beds to gurneys or from chairs to beds is a frequent cause of nursing injuries, esp. in critical care units and medical-surgical wards, where many patients are incapacitated and unable to manage their own transfers. Back injuries afflict approx. 50 percent of nurses during their professional lives. Lift teams are specially trained in the ergonomics of assisting patients with transfers and turning or repositioning them, thereby reducing the number of injuries that nurses receive while moving patients. SYN: lift team.

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patient management

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A description of the interaction, from intake to discharge, between the patient and the health care team. It includes communication, empathy, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. The last element, intervention (or treatment), depends on the others.

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patient mix

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The numbers and types of patients served by a hospital or other health care program.

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patient outcomes research team

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ABBR: PORT. A team that investigates the results of disease interventions and compares the success or failure of various therapeutic measures.

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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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A U.S. law to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, to lower the rate ...

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