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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)


(Be cautious), verb be cautious, be concerned, bear in mind, beware, consider, curare, give heed to, guard, have regard, heed, look out for, mind, pay attention to, protect, take precautions, watch out for, watch over
Associated concepts: care and caution, care and skill, careful, careless, degree of care, due care, extraordinary care, great care, lack of care, ordinary care, slight care, want of care


(Regard), verb administer to, attend, attend to, be concerned, be concerned for, become involved, bother, foster, mind, minister to, nurture, pay attention to, serve, supervise, support, sustain, tend, watch over
Associated concepts: care and custody, care and mainteeance, custody or control
See also: administration, agency, aid, alimony, apprehension, assistance, auspices, burden, caution, charge, concern, consideration, constraint, control, custody, direction, discretion, fear, generalship, guidance, heed, help, imprisonment, interest, maintenance, management, notice, particularity, patronage, precaution, preservation, problem, protection, prudence, regard, relief, rigor, safekeeping, shelter, supervision, support, surveillance, trust, upkeep, ward, weight
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If there is going to be parity in mental health care services for African Americans, behavioral healthcare must broaden its definition of culturally competent care to include a more systemic, macro perspective.
8] Wittig [10] stated that nursing students will be able to identify some beliefs and practices used to care for individuals of a different culture if nursing programmes are teaching and implementing culturally competent care practices in their curriculum.
Some states are looking to improve culturally competent care by including a relatively new type of professional--the community health worker--as an integral part of the team of professionals who provide services under Medicaid.
These conveniently located community-based medical destinations provide coordinated quality care and support culturally competent care delivery.
The nursing literature reveals an assortment of definitions for the concepts culture, cultural competence, culture care, culturally competent care and cultural diversity.
Al-Abdullah and LeBlanc underscored the importance of Qatari nationals' involvement in healthcare for the country's development, as well as in terms of providing culturally competent care to the growing population.
The plan is to create a culturally competent care model for GCC countries which will guide our nurses on how to meet the patient's needs while taking into consideration the common spiritual and cultural values shared by countries in the region," said Dr Nabila Almeer, executive director of nursing at the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) during the event.
The fourteen standards are organized by themes: Culturally Competent Care (Standards 1-3), Language Access Services (Standards 47), and Organizational Supports for Cultural Competence (Standards 8-14).
As hospitals strive to meet the needs of their diverse populations, they must make sure staff provide culturally competent care and they must increase diversity in their workforce pipelines, according to "Building a Culturally Competent Organization: The Quest for Equity in Health Care," released by the Health Research & Educational Trust and the Institute for Diversity in Health Management.
The following sites offer resources for providing culturally competent care.
As well, New Zealand research with health care providers indicates that nurses and other health professionals are ill-prepared to provide culturally competent care for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups (Lawrence & Kearns; Mortensen; North et al.
He is author of a textbook entitled "Guide to Culturally Competent Care and Transcultural Healthcare: A Culturally Competent Approach".

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