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the term most often used as a synonym for a patient who receives health care in an ambulatory care setting, especially when health maintenance rather than illness care is the primary service provided. Sometimes this term is preferred to denote a collaborative relationship rather than a hierarchical one.


Etymology: L, clinare, to lean
1 a person who is recipient of a professional service.
2 a recipient of health care regardless of the state of health.
3 a patient.

client/server system

a computer configuration in which the workload is divided between a client computer and a server, as might be used in a health care management plan.


A program that makes a service request of another program, usually running on a server, which then fulfills the request. Web browsers are clients that request HTML files from web servers.


Psychology Patient Any person who is voluntarily or involuntarily receiving mental health services or substance abuse services from any mental health service provider


A patron or customer; one who receives a professional service from another; one who seeks or receives advice or therapy from a health care professional.
Compare: patient
[L. cliens, protégé, dependent]


a person whose animal(s) the veterinarian in question has had in his/her care during a finite period. The court usually operates on the basis that one or two years is sufficient to establish a continuing relationship.

client files
the clinical and financial and other records that a veterinarian maintains as a permanent history of his/her association with each of his/her clients and their animals.
client rights
a client is entitled to receive service from his/her regular veterinarian unless he/she has been advised that the client/doctor relationship has been terminated, that is assuming that the client is a bona fide one. A client is also entitled to be served or be advised that service is not available at the usual address but a comparable service is available at another practice and that arrangements have been made with that practice. As to quality of service, the client can expect to receive service of the quality that would be provided by any other veterinarian—the 'reasonable man' policy.
client target
what the owner is trying to achieve by consulting the veterinarian.

Patient discussion about client

Q. I ask a client's Dr. to script flexaril for a lower back spasm and he made it for a drug called zanaflex? I am unfamiliar with zanaflex, what is the difference between it and flexaril 25mg? Benefits? Risks? I got him to order the air mattress and extended bed because client is 6'3" and is already bedridden on my 1st day..try to beat the skin breakdown, already stage I decubitis ulcers. I tried to talk the client into slideboard and lift away arm wheelchair...noway..he wants to walk bent with a rolling walker. He already had a lift chair delivered, so he just goes from bed to lift chair. He refuses to let me bathe him. He can't see, and he has me check his draw up on insulin to make sure it's right. He sends the P.T. man right back out the door after he signs the sheet. Difficult pt.!

A. Flexeril and Zanaflex are different drugs but are both muscle relaxants. There are hardly any differences between the two, clinically wise. If the doctor thought one is better than the other for your client I would suggest you take his advice and use the one he gave you.

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Newman's two-volume Les Seigneurs de Nesle en Picardie (XIIe-XIIIe siecles), leurs chartes et leur histoire (Philadelphia, 1971), which though older and containing some mistakes, is a noteworthy pioneering work in family and clientage history.
2] In sum, economic skills and mastery of clientage, present in the ruling families from which many sisters came, flourished in the collective setting of the convent.
In this study Cathcart examines Scottish Highland society of the 15th and 16th centuries, and considers the extent to which kinship and clientage were organizing principles within clanship.
At times Pocock has shown a near genius for demolishing Cold War orthodoxies like Lewis Namier's anti-ideological vision of clientage and dependence, as well as its 1970s revisionist successors, while always remaining profoundly sympathetic to the values that underlay them.
The industry continued growth in branchless banking transactions despite the deployment of only two models and saw MFBs and MFIs linking up to provide financial services to the microfinance clientage.
Operative as well were other circumstances, variable by locale, such as traditions in welfare assistance and the burden on town budgets in Lyons by the early 1930s, or Marseille's political traditions, steeped in clientage relationships, where naturalizations were gladly dispensed, provided applicants were long-residing families with lots of children, particularly boys, and were preferably Italian.
Where students of the political and cultural history of Rome have long accepted the threefold construction of Gregorovius and Bouard--a dynamic, often realigning struggle among the papacy, barons, and commune--Rehberg insists that a study of clientage dissolves these distinctions amid the deep structural affinities of Rome's great families and their clients in the city and district.
Even the recent work of Olivier Poncet, a splendid study of Bellievre's administrative career, his financial administration, his bonds of patronage and clientage, and his familial interests, assumes that his diplomatic activities have received adequate treatment, and does little more than reproduce Monnier's and Kierstead's conclusions.
Only with support from the obility and other vocal elements of the population, gained by granting concessions and using the clientage systems of the great aristocrats, were these kings strong.
He said one of the big advantages of ISO certification is that the clientage of the laboratory has been enhanced tremendously.
Another model proposes that patronage and clientage provided the glue that held states together, and that monarchs developed their power by working through favorites and networks of patrons and clients.
36) Regardless of whether they critiqued the past or the present, though, Baganda noted that men with power were those with manners, who had learned the customs of the Lubiri [king's court], and who had followers tied to them by bonds of hospitality, obligation, and clientage.