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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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The market of prepaid care services has been developing in Poland since the mid-1990s.
Initially, the prepaid care offer took advantage of the limitations to the availability of services which were common in the public system (queues, poor quality of services, problems with obtaining referrals, etc.).
The probability of any visit, controlling for sociodemographic and health status variables, was significantly lower in prepaid plans (p [less than] .01), corresponding to a 6 percentage point reduction in prepaid care (adjusting [TABULAR DATA FOR TABLE 1 OMITTED] for other covariates, we predict a .56 probability of any mental health visit in fee-for-service and a .50 probability in prepaid plans per six months).
Nevertheless, a relatively higher access to care (in terms of probability of any mental health visit) for nonwhite patients in prepaid care is in agreement with our earlier finding that nonwhite patients were unlikely to leave prepaid plans (Sturm, McGlynn, Meredith, et al., 1994).
Nonetheless, although the incentives and organization of prepaid care are more likely to invite unwarranted reductions in services, there have been no outcome studies of the elderly who enroll in HMOs.
As mandated by Congress, the intervention of prepaid care was not randomized in this study.