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Abbreviation for retinitis pigmentosa; Registered Pharmacist.


Abbreviation for:
resolving power (see there)


(prak'tis) [L. practica, practical work, fr Gr. praktike]
1. The use by a health care professional of knowledge and skill to provide a service in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and in the maintenance of health.
2. The continuing, repetitive effort to become proficient and to improve one's skill in the practice of medicine.

blocked practice

A means of gaining mastery over a skill by drilling, i.e., by performing tasks or movements repeatedly according to a fixed procedure. Research shows that while blocked practice is superior at improving immediate performance, it is not as effective as other approaches, such as random practice, for retained learning. See: random practice

evidence-based practice

Abbreviation: EBP
Evidence-based health care.

family practice

Comprehensive medical care with particular emphasis on the family unit, in which the physician's continuing responsibility for health care is not limited by the patient's age or sex or by a particular organ system or disease entity.

Family practice is the specialty that builds on a core of knowledge derived from other disciplines, drawing most heavily on Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, and Psychiatry, and establishes a cohesive unit, combining the behavioral sciences with the traditional biological and clinical sciences. The core of knowledge encompassed by the discipline of family practice prepares the family physician for a unique role in patient management, problem solving, counseling, and as a personal physician who coordinates total health care delivery. (Definition supplied by The American Academy of Family Physicians.)

legitimate medical practice

Any form of treatment that is accepted under the Medical Practice Acts enacted by each of the fifty U.S. states.

patient safety practice

A systematic health care practice that reduces the likelihood that patients will suffer undesirable side effects from treatment.

private practice

The practice by a health care professional, usually a physician or dentist, in a setting in which the practice and the practitioner are independent of external policy control other than ethics of the professional and state licensing laws.

random practice

A means of gaining mastery over a skill through training exercises that vary the sequence of elements in the skill. Compared with blocked practice, in which a skill is learned by fixed, repetitive drilling, random practice, with its frequently modified routine, results in better retention of the skill after training is completed. See: blocked practice

recommended practice

Abbreviation: RP
A protocol for care about which there is general agreement, e.g., a practice guideline or officially sanctioned technique, esp. one that enhances the safety or reliability of care.

wear and care practice

Guidelines for the use and cleansing of contact lenses, designed to optimize their healthful and safe use.
Synonym: wear and care regimen

recommended practice

Abbreviation: RP
A protocol for care about which there is general agreement, e.g., a practice guideline or officially sanctioned technique, esp. one that enhances the safety or reliability of care.
See also: practice

rest pain

; RP foot/leg pain occurring when legs are in the horizontal position, in patients with severe compromise of limb arteries, e.g. peripheral vascular disease (PVD); patients with severe PVD require gravity to assist delivery of arterial blood to the lower limb/foot, and horizontal limb position creates relative tissue ischaemia, causing cramp-like pain in limb/foot; RP is increased when in bed as increased metabolic demands (of warmed limb) cannot be met by increased blood supply, causing significant pain that interrupts sleep; RP symptoms are eased by hanging the leg/s out of bed, to maximize distal flow and reduce tissue metabolism by cooling the limb; patients with RP require referral to a vascular specialist as they are at risk of cerebral or cardiac arterial disease (e.g. cerebrovascular accident, myocardial infarct); RP symptoms are increased by smoking tobacco
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This threat, in turn, will often lead the victim of such unwanted reliance to contract with the relying party even when it is inefficient for her to do so.
Such businesspeople incur premature reliance expenses for two reasons: first, to pressure the other party into thinking that it will indeed incur potential contractual liability if it doesn't agree to go ahead with the prematurely relying party and, second, to persuade the other party that they really can do the job (on the seller's side) or come up with the necessary financing (on the buyer's side).
When deciding whether to invest to increase the size of the pie before those negotiations have even concluded (the holdup specter), the parties' interests conflict even more sharply, for the relying party can actually be made worse off, while the other party can be made very well off indeed.
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