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Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, and Quaternary Care?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by hellocubed, Nov 10, 2011.

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  1. hellocubed

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    I am not completely clear as to the distinctions between these 4. I was wondering if anyone would be so kind as to elaborate? :oops:

    thank you~
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    gettheleadout what's a nerve? Moderator

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    Well you see, the primary care is determined by the specific amino acid sequence of the provider...
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    secondary care is when they decide between covering the beds with alpha helices or beta sheets...
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    Tertiary care refers to the actual three-dimensional structure of the hospital.
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    quaternary is when multiple hospital buildings interact with one another in physical space :)
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    :laugh: Strong work guys, strong work.
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    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    You four win :)
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    :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

    way to make one to burst out laughing at silent study floor
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    omg i laughed out loud at those four posts. thank you for that!
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    LOL

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care#Primary_care

    Basically, in the United States primary care is the "gatekeeper" that you go to when a problem first arises. Secondary care is mostly synonymous with any specialist that you see for a specific problem (cardiologist, nephrologist, etc) and may or may not be in a hospital. Tertiary care usually means being admitted to a big medical center and you only get there by your primary/secondary care physician writing orders for it or through an ER. Quaternary care doesn't really exist, but if anybody uses the term they are just referring to a tertiary care center, but "jumbo sized".
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    sector9 'He's a loathsome, offensive brute' Administrator SDN Senior Moderator

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    Hey morzh, no real answers allowed!;)
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    Brilliant. :clap:
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    When your care is primary, it is more likely to go SN2.
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    Whatyousay A few loose screws

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    I'm not sure how this thread happened, but I'm happy it did.
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    Quaternary care exists. An example would be the 11 medical centers in the world offering proton beam therapy, or the limited number of hospitals offering mid gestational fetal surgery.:thumbup:
    Quaternary care:
    The term quaternary care is also used sometimes as an extension of tertiary care in reference to medicine of advanced levels which are highly specialized and not widely accessed. Experimental medicine and some types of uncommon diagnostic or surgical procedures are considered quaternary care. These services are usually only offered in a limited number of regional or national health care centres.
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    Give each of them a Nobel Laureate in Comedy please! This is epic and I had to comment, lol. They should make a shirt out of this!
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    Totally.
    It shows that people here can be not so cynical and sarcastic all the time..
    Anyway, epic post! :laugh:

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