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something of difficulty or concern.
client p's in the omaha system, the second level of the problem classification scheme, representing 40 nursing diagnoses that historically, presently, or potentially adversely affect any aspect of the client's well-being. Accurate identification of client problems enables the professional to focus nursing interventions.


In the mental health professions, a term often used to denote the difficulties or challenges of life; sometimes used in preference to the terms mental illness or mental disorder.
[G. problēma, proposition, topic, fr. proballo, to put forward]


Etymology: Gk, proballein, to throw forward
any health care condition that requires diagnostic, therapeutic, or educational action. It also refers, in nursing, to any unmet or partially met basic human need.


adjective Recalcitrant; refractory.
Medical education
noun A didactic exercise in which a patient is presented as an “unknown”, and clinical, laboratory and imaging data are evaluated as a means of improving diagnostic skills and teaching management principles.
Medical practice
noun A complaint or reason for seeking medical attention.
noun A euphemism for mental illness.
Vox populi
noun A dilemma or conundrum.


adjective Recalcitrant, refractory noun Medical education
A didactic exercise, in which a Pt is presented as an 'unknown,' and clinical, lab and imaging data are evaluated as a means of improving diagnostic skills and teaching management principles Medical practice A complaint or reason for seeking medical attention Psychiatry A euphemism for mental illness Vox populi See Binding problem, File drawer problem, Moving target problem, Satisfaction problem, Sibling relational problem.


a question to which there is no obvious, immediate answer; a question that requires some work done on it before a solution can be available.

problem herds
herds which do not respond to the general control program for a particular disease and require special examination to elucidate the error and additional control measures to overcome it, e.g. a mastitis problem herd with a bacterially contaminated water supply.
problem knowledge coupler system
computer-assisted diagnosis system designed for use in human medicine; based on a special matching algorithm known as pattern recognition.
problem list
the list of problems to be overcome in a particular patient; in hospitals using a problem-oriented case management system.
problem name
a generally accepted, preferred name for a clinical sign, syndrome or other indicant such as a positive laboratory test, poor work or production performance or poor reproductive result.
problem-oriented case management
a system of managing patients based on the recognition of the patient's problems as targets for correction, planning the treatment program to achieve that, and assessing performance in terms of results with each of the problems and with the case overall. It is an excellent teaching procedure but is also helpful in maintaining the correct perspective in the patient's program.
problem-oriented diagnosis
a system of diagnosis that starts off with the cardinal sign presented by the patient and proceeds in steps to identify the body system involved, the part of the system affected, the nature of the lesion and the cause of the lesion.
problem-oriented medical record
see problem-oriented medical record.
problem solving
the basis of clinical veterinary (and most other) education; learning diagnosis by practicing resolving clinical problems—the essential problem being 'which disease is most likely to be the cause of the syndrome presented by this patient'.

Patient discussion about problem

Q. what sort of health issues may arise? I am a pizza lover. My friends do not take it; it’s my bad luck that I have them alone. They say it’s not good for health. Yet I have no health issues. So, just wanted to know while having pizza what sort of health issues may arise?

A. People are having pizza from many decades and it’s a type of Combination Food, where two or more food groups combine. Combination Foods are great sources of nutrients because they combine the nutrients from several foods. They have only been criticized for being high-calorie content. But if you are burning the required calorie every day you can take it but not at frequent intervals and yes it tastes yummy….

Q. Is it effective to determine the problem? How is the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy done and is it effective to determine the problem?

A. actually it will come with three common symptoms such as : positive pregnancy, abdominal pain or cramp, and bleeding. if you're happened to feel one of those symptoms, i'll suggest you to go see your ob-gyn specialist, then the doctor will do the physical examination on you, and will confirm the diagnosis with ultrasound.

Q. Has anyone ever had this problem? My grandfather is showing all the symptoms of bipolar disorder. My aunt is a nurse and she confirms that he is a bipolar. We can't tell him that he is sick and he will not stay in hospital. As far my knowledge, it will take years to get diagnosed for bipolar and I am worried about his health and he is making my family miserable. How can we get help him? Has anyone ever had this problem?

A. This is not as uncommon as you would think... You can not forse someone to admit they have a problem or to get treatment. What you can control is you and how you deal with him. You can set boundaries and your family can set boundaries. Sometimes it takes a mojor change to motivate them to seek the help they need. It is unfortunate and difficult to have to make these changes but sometimes it is what it takes. You can also try to talk to him when he is not experiencing an episode (be it mania or depression) Perhaps catching him on tape in a mania so you can show him how these episodes manifest and explain to him the ways that it makes you and your family feel. Try to be understanding and compassionate with what he is going through and understand that what you are going through watching him in these states is only a fraction of what he is going through... Love and patience is so important but it is also important not to comprimise yourself in the process... I hope for all the bes

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Research literature on alcohol use in college populations does not use a consistent definition of problematic drinking (Baer, 2002).
The mean percent problematic response across all hospitals was 17.
When intra-word differentiation becomes problematic, however, it is necessary to resort to alternative strategies to achieve effective communication.
The projected "automatic" mediation between a (neo-Platonic, neo-Romantic) fundamental truth underlying cultural phenomena and an observer's (correct) consciousness points to one of the more problematic aspects of Kracauer's concept of "reale Dialektik.
Serial bankruptcy filings: is problematic if the tenants, in a coordinated effort, file for bankruptcy one after another, continually re-imposing the bankruptcy stay and thwarting the lender's efforts to foreclose.
Even when individuals are unable to articulate precisely how a situation is problematic, they know at a deeper level, red flags are raised and they act accordingly.
The Type 5 bulk bag discharger has the ability to discharge powder material in problematic height-restricted areas where the raised forklift frame is higher than actual heights.
How To Succeed By Mastering Work Relationships by workshop leader and speaker Jan Yager discusses in some detail the types of workplace relationships, how to start them, maintain them, the four key positive "workships" we all should have, the cultivation of friendship from a workship, power workships, cultural concerns, dealing with conflicts, opposite-sex issues, coping with endings, fourteen types of problematic associates we might encounter, how workplace relations begin at home, school as a work relationship training ground, an "original friendship oath", and a great deal more.
Nonetheless, images of the West versus the East are deeply problematic.
But it is also a problematic question since historical scholars have by no means come to any agreement on its answer.
While the Communists first found such formulas problematic, for games ignored present-day social realities, they were able to adapt these pedagogical techniques through the creation of a children's republic "designed simply to give children a taste for 'a just and well-ordered social life,' so that these words would not remain a mere abstract formula but rather become something the child had lived and experienced.
Although the delay is problematic, Goldstein sees both sides of the issue, understanding that the goal of the heightened security is to prevent dangerous material from making it into the country.