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the term most often used as a synonym for a patient who receives health care in an ambulatory care setting, especially when health maintenance rather than illness care is the primary service provided. Sometimes this term is preferred to denote a collaborative relationship rather than a hierarchical one.


Etymology: L, clinare, to lean
1 a person who is recipient of a professional service.
2 a recipient of health care regardless of the state of health.
3 a patient.

client/server system

a computer configuration in which the workload is divided between a client computer and a server, as might be used in a health care management plan.


A program that makes a service request of another program, usually running on a server, which then fulfills the request. Web browsers are clients that request HTML files from web servers.


Psychology Patient Any person who is voluntarily or involuntarily receiving mental health services or substance abuse services from any mental health service provider


A patron or customer; one who receives a professional service from another; one who seeks or receives advice or therapy from a health care professional.
Compare: patient
[L. cliens, protégé, dependent]


a person whose animal(s) the veterinarian in question has had in his/her care during a finite period. The court usually operates on the basis that one or two years is sufficient to establish a continuing relationship.

client files
the clinical and financial and other records that a veterinarian maintains as a permanent history of his/her association with each of his/her clients and their animals.
client rights
a client is entitled to receive service from his/her regular veterinarian unless he/she has been advised that the client/doctor relationship has been terminated, that is assuming that the client is a bona fide one. A client is also entitled to be served or be advised that service is not available at the usual address but a comparable service is available at another practice and that arrangements have been made with that practice. As to quality of service, the client can expect to receive service of the quality that would be provided by any other veterinarian—the 'reasonable man' policy.
client target
what the owner is trying to achieve by consulting the veterinarian.

Patient discussion about client

Q. I ask a client's Dr. to script flexaril for a lower back spasm and he made it for a drug called zanaflex? I am unfamiliar with zanaflex, what is the difference between it and flexaril 25mg? Benefits? Risks? I got him to order the air mattress and extended bed because client is 6'3" and is already bedridden on my 1st day..try to beat the skin breakdown, already stage I decubitis ulcers. I tried to talk the client into slideboard and lift away arm wheelchair...noway..he wants to walk bent with a rolling walker. He already had a lift chair delivered, so he just goes from bed to lift chair. He refuses to let me bathe him. He can't see, and he has me check his draw up on insulin to make sure it's right. He sends the P.T. man right back out the door after he signs the sheet. Difficult pt.!

A. Flexeril and Zanaflex are different drugs but are both muscle relaxants. There are hardly any differences between the two, clinically wise. If the doctor thought one is better than the other for your client I would suggest you take his advice and use the one he gave you.

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To avoid any actual or perceived lapse of professional independence related to ethical judgments and confidentiality of client information, the AICPA answers independence and ethics inquiries at its ethics hot line (888-777-7077) or by e-mail at ethics@aicpa.
Also, the buyer will ask that the seller achieve certain benchmarks, often measured by client retention, to receive the full purchase price.
However, no matter how great the effort, the message the client receives is negative.
Metacognition, as the final domain of mind-set, underscores the need for counselors to engage in ongoing self-reflection regarding the cognitive schema and thinking strategies used to understand and interpret client information (Stewart, 2002).
In contrast, Hispanic migrants--who were, on average, no more fluent in English than Haitian migrants--seemed to experience minimal service problems and actually fared better than the African American client group which was completely fluent in English.
But we've even broken the barrier this past year with a program embedded in the Windows XP operating system and software for Web Cams that allow videoconferencing via thin client.
Others note the limited memory and RAM associated with thin client systems, and the vulnerability to single virus outbreaks.
As Houlin says, PRG-Schultz is attuned to each client's individual needs, considerate of key client and vendor relationships, protective of client data confidentiality and sensitive to client data integrity.
If a prospective client is a company that we think we would like to do business with in the future, then we apply every available resource to win that business.
Two good questions for counselors to ask themselves before sharing information about what a client divulged in counseling or about how they conceptualize a client's issue are, "Do team members need to know this?
But the real challenge occurs upon discharge, when the client has to relearn to cope with his home, community and place of work.
When a client is acting like a worker, a number of benefits arise for both the client and the assessor.