standard of care

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standard of care

a written statement describing the rules, actions, or conditions that direct patient care. Standards of care guide practice and can be used to evaluate performance.

standard of care

Forensic medicine '…a normative standard of effective medical treatment, whether or not it is provided to a particular community.'; the SOC corresponds to a level of competence in performing medical tasks accepted as reasonable, and reflective of a skilled and diligent health care provider. See Ethics, Malpractice, Practice guidelines. Cf Reasonable person standards.
Standard of care
Academic SOC Every possible diagnosis would be ruled in or out simultaneously, often through use of parallel testing
Economic SOC Costs of diagnostic or therapeutic interventions are a major consideration
Idealized SOC Physician would have unlimited time to spend with a Pt to establish a warm personal relationship and unlimited resources to carry out a diagnosis and therapy
Managed care SOC A type of economic SOC, in which minimizing the cost of each Pt ↑ profits; here, a Pt is reduced to a 'unit' on which profit is made, or monies lost
Medicolegal SOC All hinges on limiting exposure to medical liability
Personal SOC The individual physician draws from his/her education, training, and experience, and incorporates an ethical and humanistic code of professional conduct to do what is best for the Pt JAMA 1996; 275:1296
Practical SOC The level of care that can be provided by the resources at hand, or based on the access–not economic

stan·dard of care

(stan'dărd kār)
The ordinary level of skill and care that any health care practitioner would be expected to observe in caring for patients.

stan·dard of care

(stan'dărd kār)
The ordinary level of skill and care that any health care practitioner woud be expected to observe in caring for patients.