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encounter

Etymology: Gk, en + L, contra, against
(in psychotherapy) the interaction between a patient and a psychotherapist, such as occurs in existential therapy, or among several members of a small group, such as encounter or sensitivity training groups. In an encounter emotional change and personal growth are affected by participants' expression of strong feelings.

encounter

Managed care The process of a Pt coming to a provider, receiving services, and leaving. See also Visit, Window of service Medtalk A meeting, an interaction. See Semi-sexual encounter, Sexual encounter.

en·coun·ter

(en-kown'tĕr)
A health care contact between the patient and the provider who is responsible for diagnosing and treating the patient.