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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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The IAPT service has a strong commitment to regular evaluation, and shortly after the UK Government launched the IAPT initiative two demonstration sites, Doncaster and Newham, were selected in 2006 as the pilot and evaluation of the stepped care approach (Clark, 2011).
A partnered approach to opioid management, guideline concordant care and the stepped care model of pain management.
Toward a stepped care approach to treating problem drinkers: The predictive utility of within-treatment variables and therapist prognostic ratings.
The principle behind adaptive stepped care is to actually use the lowest intensity, least costly, and least demanding schedule of services necessary to initiate and sustain good clinical response," explains Dr.
The LI-CBI programme, however, is not part of a stepped care model of delivery, as in England for example.
In the RESPECT Initiative, Colorado Access worked with affiliated primary care clinics to use the PH Q-9 to screen for depression and used mental health clinicians trained as care managers, along with a supervising psychiatrist, to provide stepped care in collaboration with the PCP.
25) Stratified care differs from traditional stepped care in which migraines are initially treated with a nonspecific medication such as a simple analgesic or NSAID, regardless of individual attack or disease severity.
Stepped care is consistent with health care delivery for other health problems and minimizes costs and demands for limited resources.
Of particular note is research at the primary care level that has provided support for the Stepped Care Model [3-8].
2 kg with stepped care, a nonsignificant difference.
We describe a new collaborative stepped care treatment model for depression in primary care that was recently tested in Project IMPACT, a multi-site, randomized, controlled study with older adults (Unutzer, Katon, Williams, Callahan, Harpole, Hunkeler, Hoffing, Arean, Hegel, Schoenbaum, Oishi, & Langston, 2001).