abandonment of care

abandonment of care

[əban′dənment]
1 (in law) wrongful cessation of the provision of care to a patient by a health care provider, usually a physician or a nurse.
2 unilateral termination of care without the patient's consent or knowledge, or without adequate notice, while the patient is still in need.

a·ban·don·ment of care

(ă-ban'dŏn-mĕnt kār)
Situation in which a medical professional should have provided care for a patient but fails to do so.
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The SEF concludes that a significant number of patients are unable to continue follow-up visits leading to an abandonment of care rate of 80 percent.
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