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a pattern of behavior developed in response to the demands or expectations of others; the pattern of responses to the persons with whom an individual interacts in a particular situation.
caregiver role the functions performed by a caregiver; see also under fatigue and strain.
gender role the public expression of gender; the image projected by a person that identifies their maleness or femaleness, which need not correspond to their gender identity.
impaired role the role played by a person who is disabled or chronically ill and who is experiencing a state of wellness and realization of potential commensurate with the condition. Unlike the sick person, the impaired person cannot be expected to “want to get well” but is expected to resume as much normal behavior as is possible.
sick role the role played by a person who has defined himself or herself as ill, with or without validation of the role by health care providers or family members. Adoption of the sick role changes the behavioral expectations of others toward sick persons. They are exempted from normal social responsibilities and not held responsible for the condition; they are obliged to “want to get well” and to seek competent medical help. The sick role also involves behavioral changes, including increased attention to the body and bodily functions, regression (increase in dependent behavior), narrowing of interests, and emotional overreactions.
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The pattern of behavior that a person exhibits in relationship to significant others in his or her life; it has its roots in childhood and is influenced by significant people with whom the person has or had primary relationships.
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The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.
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(1) The function or responsibility assumed by a person—e.g., nurse, data manager, investigator—who is responsible for some aspect of a clinical trial.
(2) Classifier for variables that describe "observations" in statistical time division multiplexing (SDTM). Role is a metadata attribute that determines the type of information conveyed by an observation-describing variable and standardises rules for using the describing variable.
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1. The pattern of behavior that one exhibits in relationship to people with whom one has or had primary relationships.
2. A socially agreed set of behaviors or accepted normative code.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


Pattern of behavior that a person exhibits in relationship to significant others in his or her life.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about role

Q. do these medicines have any role in diagnosis? hi …..I am scared from the day I was diagnosed with bipolar 2……my symptoms spoke its tune and I was on a verge to lose on the credits I gained just because of bipolar. I have started with the minimum dose of Paxil before the confirmation as bipolar 2. The doctor has prescribed me meds before confirmation of the disorder. I have a strong doubt. Do these medicines have any role in diagnosis…or I was put on the treatment on the basis of symptoms…..anyways I will meet my doc and confirm later….but what you guys say…..?

A. Unfortunately with mental illness there is no blood test that you can get and wait for the results. With mental illness it is answers to a series of questions that will give you a diagnosis. As well starting medications to treat the illness is a way to be sure you do have that illness. I agree with Rohan I believe you are in good hands have some failth in your doctor and be thankful he is choosing to begin treating you for this illness before it becomes worse. At the beginning everyone is scared and reluctant, but working with your doctor can help you gain back control over your life. Trust him and he will help you. I wish you all the best on your journey, have failth you will be okay and you will be.

Q. please let me know my role as a health care professional in caring for a child with autism. I am a health care professional not a specialist. So consider my situation and please let me know my role as a health care professional in caring for a child with autism.

A. If you can provide good nutrition that would be huge,
higly effective natural nutritionals include:

cod liver oil
flax seed oil
raw apple cider vinegar

Also, avoid highly processed foods like white sugar, white flour, an high fructose corn syrup.

Q. What role does emotion have in the life of someone with autism? I just find the whole disorder of autism hard to understand because I'm a really emotional person. I'm especially interested in how people with mild autism or Asperger's can function fine but then when it comes to feeling empathy they have such trouble. I guess my question is how such people experience emotion--are these people actually unable to care about others? My intention is not to sound ignorant, I'm genuinely curious.

A. I have asperger's and most everything for me is logically analyzed and I have a difficulty knowing what emotion goes with certain situations and how the emotion manifests itself within me.
I care about others, I just cannot always put myself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling.

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Caregivers who responded to the survey positively associated their caregiver role and self-assessed level of health in an adaptive manner.
Two themes, Perspective and Role overload, both allude to the caregiver's actual cognitive and behavioral experience in the caregiver role. Role overload calls attention to the correlation between real demands on the caregiver and effects while Perspective highlights the association between the caregiver's view of their role and these effects.
The functional limitations of a care recipient can increase caregiver role strain due to increased attention needs (Blake & Lincoln, 2000).
No significant difference in caregiver role strain by caregiver age emerged (Z = .75, P = .46).
Gaining confidence in the caregiver role was associated with caregivers creating a new normal.
Comments such as "keep them (family) involved from the very moment of rehabilitation and to stay involved," and inform the potential caregivers of "all the obligations" provides some guidance for health care members as they attempt to prepare a potential caregiver for the primary caregiver role.
Family caregiver role acquisition: Role-making through situated interactions.
While INSIGHT therapy is not specific to the caregiver role, the depressive symptoms that these women experience are likely the result of competing life stressors that challenge their coping and impair their self-esteem.
By focusing on the decision making rather than the tasks, a more comprehensive picture of caregiver role and the associated burden emerged.