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Deterioration is a term now commonly used in health care,[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Deterioration, from Latin deteriorare "to make worse", from deterior "lower, worse", may refer to:

It can also be used as a term for when a ZRC (Rate Change) has worsened.

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