Outpatient services are medical procedures, surgeries, therapies, classes, or tests that are done in a qualified medical centre without the need for an overnight stay.
In general, outpatient centres focus on services for wellness and prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. In these centres, a person may obtain childbirth education, diabetes education, counselling, imaging tests, lab tests, minor surgery, physical or occupational therapy, and drug rehabilitation.
Last Revised: January 17, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine & Michel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
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