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work-life balance

A phrase referring to the importance of balance between work-based and pleasure-based activities in a person’s life. The work-life balance initiative is about developing a modern and more productive patient-focused workforce, which incorporates policies to meet individual staff needs, including the care of workers’ children and adult dependants, and helping them assess their financial commitments.


(bal'ans) [Fr. balance fr. L. bilanx, bilancia, double scale]
1. A device for measuring weight; a scale.
2. A condition in which the intake and output of substances such as water and nutrients are approx. equal; a state of equilibrium. See: homeostasis
3. Coordination and stability of the body in space. Normal balance depends on information from the vestibular system in the inner ear, from other senses such as sight and touch, from proprioception and muscle movement, and from the integration of these sensory data by the cerebellum.

acid-base balance

The chemical equilibrium that maintains the body's pH at about 7.40; i.e., at the concentration of hydrogen ions that is most favorable to routine cellular metabolic processes. The equilibrium is maintained by the action of buffer systems of the blood and the regulatory (homeostatic) functions of the respiratory and urinary systems. Disturbances in acid-base balance result in acidosis or alkalosis.
See: pH

analytical balance

A very sensitive scale used in chemical analysis.

energy balance

The number of calories consumed as food, minus the calories expended, e.g., during exercise.

Patient care

When consumption exceeds expenditure, a positive energy balance is present, and weight is gained. When consumption is less than energy expenditure, a negative energy balance is present, weight is lost, and risk factors for cardiovascular disease diminish.

fluid balance

Regulation of the amount of liquid in the body. A negative fluid balance (fluid deficit) may occur when fluids are lost by vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, or diaphoresis. Fluid overload may result from the excessive administration of intravenous fluids, or in diseases marked by impaired fluid excretion, such as congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or renal failure. See: dehydration; diuresis; fluid replacement; and entries beginning with the words fluid volume

Treatment of fluid imbalances depends on the cause; the patient's cardiac, renal, and hepatic function; measured serum electrolytes; and acid-base balance.

Useful means of gauging changes in fluid balance are 1) to measure fluid inputs and outputs; or 2) to measure day-to-day variations in body weight.

life balance

A harmonious blend of occupational, familial, social, and leisure pursuits.
Synonym: role balance; work-familybalance work-life balance

metabolic balance

Comparison of the intake and excretion of a specific nutrient. The balance may be negative when an excess of the nutrient is excreted or positive when more is taken in than excreted.

nitrogen balance

The difference between the amount of nitrogen ingested and that excreted each day. If protein intake is greater than the nitrogen excreted, a positive balance exists; if protein intake is less, there is a negative balance. Synonym: nitrogen equilibrium; nitrogenous equilibrium.

protein balance

Equilibrium between protein intake and anabolism, and protein catabolism and elimination of nitrogenous products.
See: nitrogen equilibrium

role balance

Synonym: Life balance

static balance

Static equilibrium.

work-family balance

Life balance.

work-life balance

See: Life balance
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