against medical advice

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against medical advice (ama)

a phrase pertaining to a client's decision to discontinue a therapy despite the advice of medical professionals.


Ayurvedic medicine
A physiologic impurity in the ayurvedic construct.

Abbreviation for “against medical advice”. The self-discharge of a patient from a healthcare facility, contrary to what his or her physician(s) perceive to be in the patient’s best interests


Abbreviation for:
acute metabolic acidosis
acute metabolic alkalosis
advanced maternal age
against medical advise (usually abbreviated in lower case, ama) (Medspeak-UK)
American Medical Association
anterior mesenteric artery
antimitochondrial antibody
antimyosin antibodies
antithyroid microsomal antibody
Association of Metropolitan Authorities (Medspeak-UK)
Australian Medical Association

against medical advice



A patient's refusal of medically recommended treatments, esp. in the hospital. Dropping out of care or leaving a hospital AMA typically occurs when patients are dissatisfied with the pace or course of their care, carry substance abuse diagnoses, or have a history of multiple hospitalizations. The action may result in an increase in both morbidity and rehospitalization.

Patient care

The patient is asked to sign a release form indicating that the health care facility and those responsible for medical care are not liable for any adverse outcome that may result from the termination of care.

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