Individuals who receive treatment at a hospital, clinic or dispensary but are not hospitalized.
Individuals, usually from infancy through young adulthood, who are ill and are receiving inpatient or outpatient care. Also included are children who have no demonstrable illness but are being investigated for signs of pathology such as altered blood chemical values or physical changes such as asymptomatic cardiovascular abnormalities.
Individuals who are in the process of making a decision about surgery, are scheduled for surgery or have gone through surgery and are in the recovery/rehabilitation process.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.