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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.


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.
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[L. cliens, protégé, dependent]

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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Clientship was reorganized in this period, with some lineages linking themselves to patrons living in central Rwanda who acted as protectors of the lineage cattle.
During this early period of colonialism, new forms of clientship, such as ubuhake, emerged.
Newbury's research 'seriously challenges earlier assumptions about universal clientship as a primordial institution which served to integrate Rwandan society (and thus reduce barriers between ethnic groups)' (p.
In the early 1950s the colonists furthered the destruction of the Tutsi power base by abolishing, in theory if not always in practice, various forms of clientship. The most notorious form was ubuhake, the cattle contract that prevailed in the south, which bound people of inferior economic means (usually Hutu-without-cattle) to powerful protectors, usually cattle-rich Tutsi.
Although several forms of clientship were abolished in the late 1950s, one in particular, ubukonde, the land tenure system in the North, remained untouched.
The last section of the collection, 'Perceiving History Through the Mists' is a single chapter, the most chronologically recent of the collection, that intervenes on multiple fronts--ecology, settlement, ethnicity, kingship, clientship (ubuhake) and others--through solid and compelling historical and linguistic evidence.