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A deficiency, misappropriation, or defalcation; a minus balance; something wanting.

Deficit is commonly used to mean any kind of shortage, as in an account, a number, or a balance due. Deficit spending or financing involves taking in less money than the amount that is paid out.


Federal Budget.

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n. a shortage, less than is due, or in the case of a business or government budget, more expenditures than income. Unbalanced budgets with a planned year-end deficit are prohibited at every level of government except the federal.

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DEFICIT. This Latin term signifies that something is wanting. It is used to express the deficiency which is discovered in the accounts of an accountant, or in the money in which he has received.

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Providing kidney disease education is a big component of the nephrology practice CRD management, yet significant knowledge deficit was evident among survey participants, indicating the possibility that other factors may have contributed to this finding.
This qualitative study found that the faculty participants' knowledge deficits and pedagogical concerns created barriers that hindered them from effectively addressing tobacco prevention and cessation with nursing students, despite the opportunity participants saw for practicing nurses to provide information to patients.
Included in the Patient Need for Care factor are Emotional Support, Knowledge Deficit, Severity of Illness, and Complexity of Clinical Decisions; included in the Complexity factor are Task/Procedure Complexity, Complexity of Clinical Decisions, Assessment, and Indirect Care with a strong correlation (.762) between the two factors.
In this study, a nursing knowledge deficit regarding general characteristics of delirium and its risk factors was identified.
For example, the tool directs the nurse to assess the patient and/or family for knowledge deficit or needs for emotional support.
Of the four images (passive reception, learning as discovery, learning as knowledge deficit and accrual, and learning as guided construction), the last one fits best with current scientific ideas about learning.
Possible nursing diagnoses include risk for infection, fear and anxiety related to the diagnosis, acute pain, impaired urinary elimination and (possibly) knowledge deficit (Carpenito-Moyet, 2006).
A third area of knowledge deficit is pain intervention.
* A knowledge deficit when attempting to critique the various types of research studies;
Of these 12, seven of them identified that anxiety and knowledge deficit were relevant pre-operative diagnoses; a total of 12 pre-operative diagnoses were listed for a cholecystectomy.
He took serious note of the knowledge deficit of the officers present in the meeting.

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