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Repeated or customary action; habitual performance; a succession of acts of similar kind; custom; usage. The exercise of any profession.

The form or mode or proceeding in courts of justice for the enforcement of rights or the redress of wrongs, as distinguished from the Substantive Law that gives the right or denounces the wrong. The form, manner, or order of instituting and conducting an action or other judicial proceeding, through its successive stages to its end, in accordance with the rules and principles laid down by law or by the regulations and precedents of the courts.

An attorney is actually engaged in the Practice of Law when she maintains an office, offers to perform legal services, describes herself as an attorney on letterheads or business cards, counsels clients, negotiates with other parties or opposing counsel, and fixes and collects fees for legal work. A doctor is practicing medicine when he discovers the cause and nature of diseases, treats illnesses and injuries, or prescribes and administers medical or surgical care. Lawyers and doctors must qualify for licenses before they may practice their professions.

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1) n. custom or habit as shown by repeated action, as in "it is the practice in the industry to confirm orders before shipping." 2) the legal business, as in "law practice," or "the practice of the law." 3) v. to repeat an activity in order to maintain or improve skills, as "he practices the violin every evening." 4) v. to conduct a law business, as "she practices law in St. Louis."

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PRACTICE. The form, manner and order of conducting and carrying on suits or prosecutions in the courts through their various stages, according, to the principles of law, and the rules laid down by the respective courts.
     2. By practice is also meant the business which an attorney or counsellor does; as, A B has a good practice.
     3. The books on practice are very numerous; among the most popular are those Of Tidd, Chitty, Archbold, Sellon, Graham, Dunlap, Caines, Troubat and Haly, Blake, Impey.
     4. A settled, uniform, and loll, continued practice, without objection is evidence of what the law is, and such practice is based on principles which are founded in justice and convenience. Buck, 279; 2 Russ. R. 19, 570; 2 Jac. It. 232; 5 T. R. 380; 1 Y. & J. 167, 168; 2 Crompt. & M. 55; Ram on Judgm. ch. 7.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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We used three types of data in this evaluation task: information abstracted from proposals for the patient safety projects, information on evidence for safety practices from the AHRQ Evidence Report on Patient Safety Practices (Shojania et al.
For each of the patient safety practices addressed by a given project, we used the evidence report's assessment of the practice to code (1) the strength of existing evidence on that practice and (2) the value of additional research for it.
Others have supported providers in implementing safe practices, for example, the evidence report on effective patient safety practices (Shojania et al.
AHRQ has built partnerships with many organizations to enhance patient safety practices in the field, such as the Surgical Care Improvement Project led by a partnership of health care organizations, the Hospital Quality Alliance, and the Five Million Lives Campaign run by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
While the COPIC initiative is the best example of a direct linkage between adoption of patient safety practices and reductions of malpractice premiums, other malpractice insurance carriers such as Medical Mutual have begun to emphasize proactive risk management.
Of the 1,019 total responding hospitals, 39 percent have fully implemented at least one of the four Leapfrog patient safety practices. Of 914 hospitals with ICUs, 19 percent have intensivists on their ICU staff, and another 13 percent plan to implement it by 2006.
In one example, a prominent group of corporations concerned with patient safety, the LeapFrog Group, promulgated three "leaps" recommended as standard hospital-based patient safety practices. One of the leaps initially required an on-site intensivist as staff to intensive care units.
Our goal was to assess the PSIC's contribution to building a national infrastructure supporting effective patient safety practices. (1)
For both Years 1 and 2, actions that state agency participants most frequently reported taking because of training were initiation of or modifications to legislation to strengthen patient safety practices (47 and 56 percent, respectively; p = .87), and modification of adverse event oversight procedures (47 and 56 percent, respectively; p = .87).
Development and field testing of patient safety practices to identify those that are effective, appropriate, and feasible for health care organizations to implement, taking into account the level of evidence needed to assess patient safety practices.
Establishment of the health care structural and environmental elements needed for successful implementation of effective patient safety practices, including an organization's commitment and readiness to improve patient safety (e.g., culture, information systems), hazards to safety created by the organization's structure (e.g., physical configurations, procedural requirements), and effects of the macroenvironment on the organization's ability to act (e.g., legal and payment issues).

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