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stepped care

care adjusted in stages (steps) according to the failure or lack of effect of lower intensity interventions.
See also: stratified care.
Synonym(s): step care

stepped care

Treatment that follows a predetermined or algorithmic sequence. The simplest, most affordable, or most broadly effective treatment regimen is used first. If that fails or causes side effects, other options are employed one after another until an endpoint is reached.
See also: care
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These various levels of support are defined in the Step care model, by which the standards defines and outlines appropriate interventions for PLHIV (see Figure 1, Part 1 of this article in HIV Nursing 12.
The Step care model offers guidance for planning and enabling access to the services required--from information-giving and supportive communication (Step 1/Step 2) to more complex intervention (Step 3/Step 4), such as admission to an acute mental unit, or cognitive screening and assessment.
In addition, such programs as step care therapy and WHI's MedMonitor Complete and Informed Prescribing have helped drive down costs for WHI members.
Newman, who explained that stratified care based on disability has been shown to be superior to step care (JAMA 2000;284:2599-605).
The paper concludes with a guide to the Step care model, which provides a framework to the standards.
Physicians also must decide whether to use a step care or a stratified care approach with acute therapy.
Plan management strategies include our low net-cost formulary, a focus on generic utilization and the implementation of a variety of clinical prior authorization and step care therapy programs.
Stratified care vs step care strategies for migraine: the Disabilit3 in Strategies of Care (DISC) Study: a randomized trial.
Our unique step care approach to moisturization helps dermatologists meet patients' needs and ensures patient satisfaction and compliance.
Study results that showed clients who implemented step care therapy realized a cost savings of 69.
Step care either across a number of attacks or within an attack suggests choosing a common initial remedy that collectively optimizes efficacy, tolerability, and cost.