watchful waiting


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A hands-off management philosophy in which certain conditions are closely monitored, but treatment withheld until symptoms either appear or some measurable parameter changes. Active management is begun once the patients become symptomatic

watchful waiting

Expectant management, observation, surveillance-only management Clinical decision-making A stance in which a condition is
closely monitored, but treatment withheld until Sx appear or change; WW
is appropriate when there is a short–eg, ≤ 10 yrs–life expectancy, and/or the lesion being watched has minimal aggressiveness. See Benign neglect.

watchful waiting

(wach'ful)
A strategy that includes frequent observation of a patient's condition rather than immediate intervention with drugs or surgery.
clinical inertia.
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Appropriate advice is given to our clients, and during the watchful waiting period, they can speak to their therapist, and they are also informed about other services that they can access.
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Half of the children, ages five to ten years old, had surgery while the other half received watchful waiting and supportive care.
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