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An event, circumstance, influence, or element that plays a part in bringing about a result.

A factor in a case contributes to its causation or outcome. In the area of Negligence law, the factors, or chain of causation, are important in determining whether liability ensues from a particular action done by the defendant.

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n. 1) a salesman who sells in his/her own name on behalf of others, taking a commission for services. 2) something that contributes to the result.

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1 a mercantile agent. An agent who is in the ordinary course of business entrusted with goods or documents of title representing goods with a view to their sale. A factor has a lien over goods entrusted to him; this lien covers any claims he may have against his principal arising out of the agency. Most factors will be mercantile agents (and have the powers of such) for the purposes of the Factors Act 1889. Under this Act, in certain circumstances a factor may pass a good title to goods entrusted to him.
2 an institution to whom a company assigns its book debts (see FACTORING).
3 in Scotland a landlord or superior's agent.
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Factor I Factor II Factor III Abstinence Lack Control/ Tolerance/ Problems Interference Factor I 1 -- -- Abstinence Factor II .450 ** 1 -- Lack Control/Problems Factor III .676 ** .557 ** 1 Tolerance/Interference ** The correlation is significant at the level of .01 (two tailed).
The index for Factor 1 was ICC= .81, for Factor II ICC= .77, for Factor III ICC= .83 and for Factor IV ICC= .76.
Both, Factor I scores of belief in history as progress and actions of leaders (r(1083) = .15, p <.001) and Factor III concerning history as a lawful phenomena and expression of a superior plan (r(1083) = .10, p <.001), correlated positively with willingness to fight, whereas Factor IV, joining beliefs about history as violence and meaninglessness, correlated negatively (r(1083) = -.14, p <.001).
Factor III Nursing Process: Develop nursing care plan, use nursing diagnosis, complete client history, assess client learning needs, conduct exit interview, evaluate client care outcomes, and chart each client encounter.
Factor III is most highly saturated with variables 2, 5, 9, 30, 32, and 37.
Individual reliability coefficients for each of the factors are as follows: Factor 1 = .92, Factor II = .90, Factor III = .92, and Factor IV = .87.
Factor III, Interpersonal Communication Competence, encompasses relationship skills that enable the nurse to work effectively on a team with other nurses, physicians, paraprofessionals, and allied health workers.
Interpretation of the factor pattern (Table 3) suggests that Factor I, which has most of the items (11 items), reflects autonomy support (loadings range .656-.867), Factor II has two items related specifically to communication between the HF patient and family (loadings .773-.838), and Factor III (one item with loading .865) is related to the family's disappointment in the HF patient for not following lifestyle changes.