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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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)

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A fair amount of literature concerning the ACA and its influence on preventive care exists (Cogan, 2011; Martinez, Ro, Villa, Powell, & Knickman, 2011; Rosenbaum, 2011).
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In urban areas where doctor's offices are well-integrated with hospitals and other health care services, the primary provider usually coordinates preventive care. In rural areas, however, "there might be more screenings that take place through public venues or community health centers," says West.
And, in its first set of draft recommendations for HRSA, WPSI offered clarifications, saying there's a need for "at least one annual preventive care visit for women beginning in adolescence and continuing across the lifespan to ensure that women obtain recommended preventive services" as determined by age and risk factors.
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Making the announcement on the sidelines of Arab Health 2016, Badar Hareb, CEO of DHCC's investment arm, said: "Wellness is a concept that goes beyond health and we want to create a healthy lifestyle for people that will include health, fitness facilities such as jogging tracks, nutrition advice, alternative therapies, and preventive care with advanced diagnostic screening.
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All of which means that the candidates and elected officials who want to roll back access to this important preventive care aren't just outside the mainstream, they're simply too extreme.

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