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Foundations

Chapter 1 Key Terms

TermDefinition
accreditation process whereby a professional association or nongovernmental agency grants recognition to an institution or agency for demonstrated ability in a special area of practice
approved program program that meets minimum standards established by the state agency responsible for overseeing education programs
certification process in which an individual or institution, agency, or educational program is evaluated and recognized as meeting certain predetermined standards
health the complete network of agencies, facilities, and all providers of health care in specific geographic area.
holistic pertaining to the total patient care that considers the physical, emotional, social economic and spiritual needs of the person
holistic health care a system of comprehensive or total patient care that considers the physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs of the person; the response to the illness and the effect of the illness of the person’s ability to meet self-care needs
illness an abnormal process in which aspects of the social, emotional, or intellectual condition and function of a person are diminished or impaired
licensure the granting of permission by a competent authority (usually government agency) to a organization or individual to engage in practice or activity that would otherwise be illegal
medicine the art and science of the diagnosis treatment, and prevention of disease and the maintenance of good health
patient a recipient of health care service usually thought of as a recipient who is ill or hospitalized
wellness a dynamic state of health in which an individual progresses toward a higher level of functioning, achieving an optimum balance between internal and external environment
Created by: stjean224