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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 training would also include details of the referral protocol to secondary care, and the information which an optometrist can expect back from the hospital eye service, the organisation said.
The lengthy waiting times for orthodontic treatment, both in primary and secondary care, has resulted partially from a chronic underfunding of orthodontic care," she said.
The community nurse will manage each case from diagnosis through to assessment, referral to treatment, and on-going follow-up, allowing secondary care nurses more time to focus on treatment and more complex cases.
It is also an important breakthrough in closer working between secondary care and primary care and will directly benefit the thousands of patients in Wales who, every year, are readmitted to hospital because of medication errors".
The authors (who included four gynaecologists, a neonatologist, a paediatrician, an epidemiologist, a professor of obstetrics and a secondary care midwife) set out to compare the incidence of perinatal mortality and severe perinatal morbidity between low risk women who were cared for by a midwife in a primary setting and high risk women who received secondary care under the care of an obstetrician.
BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said: "Doctors overwhelmingly want there to be closer working between primary and secondary care, and to have greater involvement in decision-making - yet most think these are the least likely outcomes of the reforms.
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In view of this problem the above study was initiated which served as a screen for qualitative analysis of urine specimens in children with acute febrile illness presenting to a secondary care hospital.
Most patients seen in secondary care with this condition also suffer from a wide range of noncolonic symptoms such as backache and lethargy, as well as a number of musculoskeletal, urological, and gynaecological problems.
Dr Dunn added: "If you place most of your investment in secondary care you end up with a more expensive health service.
The Government's plan is to transfer pounds 13 billion from secondary care into the primary care sector and PKF is advising GPs on the best way forward.
Primary care could be provided in Humansville through an outreach clinic manned primarily by physician assistants; secondary care could be at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar; tertiary care could be in the Cox and St.