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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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Also, the fact that both are clientage systems makes infrastructure development particularly attractive to governing elites in both societies, but also more controversial and, in Nigeria, subject to more inconsistency, as rival elites seek to placate different clients in different areas of society.
Unlike the members of a corporation, the viceregal web of clientage remained in constant motion; hence, demarcating this network is virtually impossible.
To date, the wealth of research on clientage networks and the political avenues open to women has been largely centred on twelfth and thirteenth century England and France, but the dynamics explored in these works can be more widely applied.
We must look then to the relationship between poet and patron, which falls under the more general relationship known as clientage between the lesser and the greater nobility, to help us determine how a poet's character is configured in the early seventeenth century.
This is obvious in the way in which `friendship' provided the only effective or acceptable language for discussing ties of political patronage and clientage in the Ming period (much as it did in early modern Europe also).
Caste and Clientage in an Eighteenth-Century Quebec Convent.
The reader can observe how kinship, friendship, community of interest, geographic origin, and prior clientage played a role in the pope's patronage policy.
8) As such, West African slavery has often been described as a system of "institutionalized marginality," one among a set of intertwined social relations -- kinship, fealty, clientage, etc.
Tellis-Nayak, "Power and Solidarity: Clientage in Domestic Service," Current Anthropology 24 (February 1983): 67-74.
She has also pointed out that "the story of Shajara is a woman's story from first to last; outstanding talents brought into play through a clientage, realized through crisis and inevitably frustrated by law, tradition, and brute force.
Big men' presided over intricate networks of clientage involving reciprocal but unequal relations with `small boys', as well as power over women and children, and those held in the diverse forms and degrees of servitude of pawnship and slavery.
75) More study of the interactions between lordship, clientage and kinship would be invaluable.