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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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However, as the burden of chronic illness and frailty overtake episodic care needs, health systems require far greater complex, adaptive change.
* The shift from episodic care to a collaborative care model, in which physicians get paid more for thinking smarter and connecting all the dots within the system.
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This could lead to problems with prescribing, and doesn't allow doctors to get past episodic care, she says, but adds that the evolution of integrated technologies is permitting coordinated care that is addressing those past mistakes.
The model replaces episodic care based on illness and patient complaints with coordinated care and long-term healing relationships.
Outreach workers help ensure individuals are getting the care that coverage entitles them to - preventing episodic care based in emergency rooms and ultimately containing costs.
If we fail in the jails, they're going to be worse in the community or use more episodic care. It's more costly that way.
Episodic care management is indicated for this group to both educate the patient/family about treatment options and to refer the patient to appropriate levels of care that may be less costly than hospitalization.
But as Dylan said, "the times they are a-changin'." It is no longer sufficient to simply stand on a Friday night sideline providing episodic care to the injured athletes in competition.
T-System is a healthcare IT company that advances care delivery and financial outcomes for episodic care. Specialising in emergency department documentation since 1996, T-System has since expanded its focus to include the development of solutions for the rapidly expanding episode-based care market, including hospital-based emergency departments, freestanding emergency centers and urgent care centres.