Concept

Medical procedure

Summary
A medical procedure is a course of action intended to achieve a result in the delivery of healthcare. A medical procedure with the intention of determining, measuring, or diagnosing a patient condition or parameter is also called a medical test. Other common kinds of procedures are therapeutic (i.e., intended to treat, cure, or restore function or structure), such as surgical and physical rehabilitation procedures. Definition *"An activity directed at or performed on an individual with the object of improving health, treating disease or injury, or making a diagnosis." - International Dictionary of Medicine and Biology *"The act or conduct of diagnosis, treatment, or operation." - Stedman's Medical Dictionary by Thomas Lathrop Stedman *"A series of steps by which a desired result is accomplished." - Dorland's Medical Dictionary by William Alexander Newman Dorland *"The sequence of steps to be followed in establishing some course of action." - Mosby's Medical, Nursing, & Alli
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