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a nursing outcome from the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) defined as optimism that is personally satisfying and life-supporting. See also Nursing Outcomes Classification.
An abbreviation for a number of clinical trials:
Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation
Hospital Outcomes Project for the Elderly
Hypertensive Old People in Edinburgh study
Use of the HEPACOAT™ Bx Velocity Stent and an Antithrombotic Regimen of Aspirin Alone


Cardiology A randomized, multicenter, multinational trial–Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation–which found that ramipril/Altace®, an ACE inhibitor, in ↓ mortality in Pts with heart failure. See Calgary-HOPE.


The expectation that something desired will occur. One of the bases of professional health care is encouraging and supporting the presence of hope while providing accurate information and realistic reassurance.

Patient discussion about hope

Q. my wife is pregnant !!! i am so excited ! this is the first time out of many i hope !!! but i have concerns that i would like to share with the community here ... i am afraid of being a bad father , i am afraid i won't know how to be a father ... where do u start ... how do i support my wife after the though experince ... how do i take care of the child ... a lot of things a re running through my mind with no answer ,can any one help me to calm down ????

A. you won't be a perfect father but you'll try to be. that's what's important. thousands of years of evolution gave you the basics. you'll be fine :)

Q. Hey Guys !! how are you all? i hope you feel fine because weekend is coming !!!! you all out there have a splendid time and the most important thing is to be healthy ! so take care and have a great weekend ! love you all !!!

A. thanks macboy. I hope you have a great weekend as well.

Q. Hello Community ! great weekend head of us , i hope everyone is feeling great and they are healthy and let us all have a great weekend , and a safe weekend ! Take Care !

A. thanks you too. take care and be safe.

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It is obviously hoping against hope the electorate of Wales, especially the elderly, and those among us requiring routine treatment or periodic check-ups, have short memories.
THE reason why everyone is hoping against hope that Pop Idol 2 will be a winner is because the last one was not only gripping telly but was also a huge success, in terms of public response, and in millions of record sales.
Rosenior, however is refusing to be despondent about the club's current plight, and is still hoping against hope that Merthyr can win their remaining handful of game and results elsewhere will go their way.
Perhaps that is why it struck me as the film's greatest miracle when "Dead Man Walking" ends with Delacroix kneeling next to Prejean in an empty country church, praying for the grace to forgive the unforgivable, hoping against hope for a mercy he cannot imagine feeling, but cannot live without.
Neither of these two scenarios are very likely but I'm sure that the EU sore losers will be hoping against hope.
In the face of life-threatening illnesses and debility, World War II veterans are still hoping against hope that Congress would see the urgent need to approve the proposed P20,000 increase in our monthly old-age pension.
For a team that has won nothing, these are all big challenges that I'm hoping against hope the lads can do it on Sunday, for themselves and for the county.
The banks themselves should be made to buy back this debt but what will happen is that the Government will sell shares to the taxpayer, hoping against hope that the taxpayer will have forgotten, due to the passage of time, that they paid for the shares in the first place.
Hoping against hope, as if by some kind of magic, the garage would clean itself out.
So, is there any point in paying pounds 30,600, suffering band G taxation and hoping against hope to manage 30mpg.
It's a colossal task to take on Chelsea at their home ground and supporters will be hoping against hope that they can do it.