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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 overall mortality was 4.6% among those who received supportive care alone, 8.3% among those who received IVIG, 4.5% among those who received corticosteroids, and 0.9% among those who received IVIG plus corticosteroids.
Based on these approaches, the aim was to tailor the SCNS-SF 34, which deals with the supportive care needs of cancer patients, to Turkish and investigate its validity and reliability.
The market for cancer supportive care products, though shrouded by the loss of brands exclusivity of various generic drugs and entry of biosimilar drugs, presents lucrative opportunity, as they offer ease of accessibility, affordability, and administration to potential customers.
Supportive care is increasingly being discussed as a treatment option because of the increasing number of older people with multiple comorbidities with ACKD (Noble, 2008).
Nonetheless, a limited number of studies have been conducted on the effects of acupressure and supportive care on the delivery outcomes.
The following major recommendations from the conference included: *The need for supportive care for kidney patients is equal to that for cancer patients and should be available based on need, not prognosis, for patients at any stage of kidney disease.
Major finding: Many nonspecific elements of psychotherapy are captured by supportive psychotherapy, and this provides evidence for improved clinical management and supportive care for older adults with depression.
They allege they were told she was being put on a Supportive Care Pathway - based on the Liverpool Care Pathway.
Now a study is being conducted by the University of Dundee, in partnership with NHS Western Isles, to explore how the use of technology may be used in the provision of supportive care to people with long term conditions.
Nikki Archer, supportive care manager for St Giles' family support and bereavement team, said: "We don't just care for local people with serious illness - a large part of what we do is providing support and counselling for people who have experienced loss."
"He needs only general nursing and medical care and not any neurosurgical intervention and can be transferred to any facility which can provide such supportive care. The prognosis seems to be bad since the chance of recovering from the vegetative status is unlikely but not impossible.
"Together with our recent alignment with Helsinn Pharmaceuticals, the addition of Q-Cell to our portfolio represents another major milestone in our efforts to develop and market the finest supplements for a range of health needs, including supportive care in the oncology market," said Paul Jacobson, CEO.

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