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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 researchers compared data from a primary care clinic in North Carolina for 3 months before and 3 months after the clinic eliminated routine glucometer readings (Jan.
Jodie Ramsden competed in the League One female 15-16 event and two good routines put her in fifth position and gave her a place in the final.
As an analogous theoretical vision, we adopt the stream of routines in practice, embedded through their execution, which feature both an ostensive and a performative character that results from a coordination that is fixed and undergoes continuous contextual adaptations and changes (Feldman, 2000; Feldman & Pentland, 2003; Feldman & Orlikowski, 2011; Pentland, 1995; Pentland & Haerem, 2015).
This routine has not changed since he was small, the only difference is that he reads his own books now.
The multinational survey of more than 10,000 mothers was designed to investigate the relationship between a bedtime routine - the activities that occur just before lights out - and how well children sleep.
I am a great fan of Charles Dickens; and you know that most of his brilliant writings were done soon after going through his routine three-hour walk/lazying around daily without any fail.
Dr Amy Brown, of the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, said: "There are many trends in parenting that encourage new parents to follow a routine for sleep or feeding or not to respond quickly to their infants cries but the impact upon infant development has not been explored.
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You feel you know someone well when you know their routines and can predict what they are going to do next.
Singer (2002) suggested that one important function of pre-performance routines is to aid athletes in the self-regulation of "arousal level, thoughts, performance expectancy, and attentional focus" (p.