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1. A regularly performed behavioral sequence.
2. A standard method of completing a procedure, based on rules or habit. In occupational therapy a customary morning routine might include toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, eating breakfast, and reading the newspaper.


n 1. a fixed pattern of procedures used in any phase of treatment.
n 2. a set of instructions arranged in proper sequence to direct the computer to perform a desired operation or series of operations.
routine, office,
n a series of steps, to be followed in a carefully planned sequence, that provide a means of dealing with situations commonly encountered in dental practice.

Patient discussion about routine

Q. Why is Colonoscopy Important? I am 60 years old and my doctor recommended that I would do a colonoscopy. She said it is because it's important to do this routinely at this age. Why is it so important?

A. Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the appearance of the inside of the colon (large bowel). This is accomplished by inserting a flexible tube that is about the thickness of a finger into the anus, and then advancing it slowly, under visual control, into the rectum and through the colon. It is performed with the visual control of either looking through the instrument or with viewing a TV monitor.

This test may be done for a variety of reasons. Most often it is done to investigate the finding of blood in the stool, abdominal pain, diarrhea, a change in the bowel habits, or an abnormality found on colon x- ray or a CT scan. Certain individuals with previous history of polyps or colon cancer and certain individuals with family history of particular malignancies or colon problems may be advised to have periodic colonoscopies because they are at a greater risk of polyps or colon cancer. Hope this helps.

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The framework also inserts sustainability-related conceptual events--implementation and routinization events (24)--into an identifiable interface, which can be more easily perceived at data collection.
To conclude, though the aim of the standards manuals and spirit of the central management are in the direction of standardization and routinization in line with multinational chains like McDonald's and Domino's, the practice of such standardization is not found.
The chosen path to address the challenges of the future operating environment will be cooperation and partnership, through the tenets of routinization, integration, and the cultivation of relationships.
In early Buddhism, an extreme form of routinization was followed.
Weber's routinization thesis has certainly helped scholars explain certain aspects of the lives of women in Anabaptist communities from the sixteenth century.
However, despite the intense routinization and structuring that occurred after Lee's death, Shaker communalism retained the aura of faith and enthusiasm Weber assumed would drop away with the loss of "pure" charismatic leadership.
Clinical care is often subject to routinization and the pressures of limited time, but the fact that the clinician who orders the test then has to deal with the consequences of bad news is a powerful incentive to say something about what the test is for and what it might reveal before it is done.
Routinization allows for a threat to be depicted in an easily recognizable form by the media.
The rapid routinization of ultrasound technology as a component of prenatal care during the 1980s was the catalyst for what Petchesky describes as a 'conscious strategic shift from religious discourses and authorities to medico-technical ones' by the leaders of the American anti-abortion lobby.
Even worse, he overlooked -- if not supervised -- the routinization of torture (to death in many cases) and the indiscriminate arrest of thousands of innocent Egyptians without -- and that is the source of bitterness -- being impeached or even questioned by the majority of people's representatives.
9) And although the disappearance of students' constitutional rights is an overstatement, it is difficult to deny the dissenting judge's observation about the alarming routinization of student strip searches.