Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. A regularly performed behavioral sequence.
2. A standard method of completing a procedure, based on rules or habit. In occupational therapy a customary morning routine might include toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, eating breakfast, and reading the newspaper.

Patient discussion about routine

Q. Why is Colonoscopy Important? I am 60 years old and my doctor recommended that I would do a colonoscopy. She said it is because it's important to do this routinely at this age. Why is it so important?

A. Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the appearance of the inside of the colon (large bowel). This is accomplished by inserting a flexible tube that is about the thickness of a finger into the anus, and then advancing it slowly, under visual control, into the rectum and through the colon. It is performed with the visual control of either looking through the instrument or with viewing a TV monitor.

This test may be done for a variety of reasons. Most often it is done to investigate the finding of blood in the stool, abdominal pain, diarrhea, a change in the bowel habits, or an abnormality found on colon x- ray or a CT scan. Certain individuals with previous history of polyps or colon cancer and certain individuals with family history of particular malignancies or colon problems may be advised to have periodic colonoscopies because they are at a greater risk of polyps or colon cancer. Hope this helps.

More discussions about routine
References in periodicals archive ?
The prevalence of obesity in the sample overall was 18%, but the prevalence in children with all three routines was 14%, and the prevalence in children with none of the routines was 25%, they reported.
For example, after being exposed to the routine What makes you say that?
For example, Nice to meet you and Nice meeting you were considered under the same routine, as well as contractions or lack of copula, such as in I'm sorry, I am sorry or Sorry.
As important as the lesson that routine glucometer readings in the clinic is a wasteful practice, the more important lesson is that examining office routines for foolish consistencies should be a regular component of making primary care more efficient," the researchers added.
An excellent final routine placed her on the podium in third place.
Four conceptualizations of organizational routine also emerged, revealing that the subjects have different concepts of OR as a result of their experiences: Compliance routine, Certainty routine, Translated routine ('tropicalized' was the term originally obtained by the in-vivo code) and Innovation routine.
I once thought that routines could be a very limiting at times but have come to consider them as helpful.
The researchers concluded in their study, reported in the journal Sleep: "These results indicate that having a regular nightly bedtime routine is associated with improved sleep in young children, and suggests that the more consistently a bedtime routine is instituted and the younger started the better.
Share of Employed Population with Routine Occupations by Labor Force Status 2003 2013 Full-time 20% 24% Part-time 80% 76% Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Bureau of the Census; David Autor and David Dorn.
Our data is the first to show that a strict parenting routine may be incompatible with or discourage breastfeeding'.
Daily Routines for the Horn Player by Marian Hesse.