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  1. BrCo

    BrCo 2+ Year Member

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    considered clinical or non-clinical service?

    Thanks,
    brco
     
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  3. ciestar

    ciestar 2+ Year Member

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    What do you do while you're there?
     
  4. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    What sorts of providers are employed there? What services are provided? Are the recovering addicts called "patients" or is some other term used?
     
  5. BrCo

    BrCo 2+ Year Member

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    motivational speaking to families, collaborated with nearby detox centers to expand speaker presentations to underserved populations
     
  6. BrCo

    BrCo 2+ Year Member

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    It is a free drug detoxification center. Addicts usually stay for roughly 30 days for the purpose of stabilizing. They are usually referred to as recovering addicts, but medical services are provided, as a majority experience withdrawal syndrome. Medical providers give appropriate medications, but this was not part of my role.
     
  7. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    OK, it wasn't clear whether this was residential or a day facility or even a methadone clinic where people come and go in a matter of minutes.

    Given that those who are cared for there are receiving medications and are under the care of a physician (mid-level providers in most states have to be supervised by a physician), I'd call your service "volunteer, clinical".
     
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  8. BrCo

    BrCo 2+ Year Member

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    Thank you Lizzy!
     
  9. mehc012

    mehc012 Big Damn Hero 5+ Year Member

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    Sounds non to me...she may have been a patient once she was in the hospital, but you were talking to her prior to that. You also weren't dealing with medical management or seeing physician-patient interactions.
     
  10. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    I'm beginning to feel that wearing a plastic ID band on the wrist might be the quick and dirty definition of "patient". Absent a wrist band, a medical record of the encounter (as in a doctor's office or clinic) would be evidence that a person is receiving clinical care.
     
  11. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    The idea, which you've raised before, is growing on me, too. :thumbup: Maybe you could create another zingy catchphrase.
     
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