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a particular instance of a disease or other problem; sometimes used incorrectly to designate the patient with the disease.
case history the collected data concerning an individual, the family, and environment; it includes the medical history and any other information that may be useful in analyzing and diagnosing the case or for instructional or research purposes.
case method a type of nursing care delivery system; see nursing practice.
case mix the groups of patients requiring similar tests, procedures, and resources that are treated at a particular hospital. Case mix is a way to define a hospital's production and has been identified as a major factor in differing costs among hospitals and among individual patients.
case mixA term which, as used in UK health planning circles, refers to the sum total of the diagnoses (diseases) present in a population, and high- and low-resource therapies required to manage them, considered as a single unit for the purpose of resource analysis and allocation planning.
case mixManaged care The characteristics–age, gender and health status–of the population served by a health system or physician's office in a given period of time, which are classified by disease, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures performed, method of payment, duration of hospitalization, and intensity and type of services provided; in the US, a hospital's CM is based on the diagnosis-related groups. See Demographics, DRGs.
case mix(kās miks)
The relative numbers of various types of patients being treated as categorized by disease-related groups, severity of illness, rate of consumption of resources, and other indicators; used as a tool for managing and planning health care services.