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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Episode of care

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Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

The time you spend receiving one particular type of care for a specific condition. For example, a stay in a respite unit or in hospital as an inpatient may count as a single episode of care

Source: Stakeholder discussions

Health: 'Episode of care' implies continuity/stability
Social care: 'Episode' implies something disruptive to the continuity/stability of life

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