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Deterioration is a term now commonly used in health care, to describe worsening of a patient's condition. It is often used as a shortened form of 'deterioration not recognised or not acted upon'. Much work to reduce harm from deterioration has been undertaken by the National Patient Safety Agency.
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Deterioration, from Latin deteriorare "to make worse", from deterior "lower, worse", may refer to:
- Decadence (disambiguation)
- Degeneracy (disambiguation)
- Deteriorata, parody and portmanteau of "Desiderata" and "deteriorate"
- Deter (disambiguation)
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