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Patient Care

Patient care (/ˈpeɪʃənt kɛər/) is the process or methods used to manage the health of individuals who have been diagnosed with a medical condition. It involves a wide range of healthcare services provided by healthcare professionals to ensure the patient's health and well-being.


The term "patient care" is derived from the Latin word "patiens", meaning "one who suffers", and the Old French "care", meaning "to care for or attend to".

Related Terms

  • Healthcare: The organized provision of medical care to individuals or a community.
  • Primary Care: The day-to-day healthcare given by a health care provider.
  • Secondary Care: Care provided by medical specialists and other health professionals who do not have first contact with patients.
  • Tertiary Care: Specialized consultative healthcare, usually for inpatients and on referral from a primary or secondary health professional.
  • Quaternary Care: An extension of tertiary care in reference to advanced levels of medicine which are highly specialized and not widely accessed.
  • Home Care: Supportive care provided in the home by healthcare professionals.
  • Palliative Care: Specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, focusing on providing relief from symptoms and stress.
  • Hospice Care: A type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms.

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