cli·ni·cian | \kli-ˈni-shən \

Definition of clinician 

1 : a person qualified in the clinical practice of medicine, psychiatry, or psychology as distinguished from one specializing in laboratory or research techniques or in theory

2 : a person who conducts a clinic

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One in five clinicians are uncomfortable treating gays and lesbians, often because of religious beliefs, according to a new international survey conducted by a Houston doctor. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Survey: Healthcare providers still discriminate against LGBTQ patients," 24 Jan. 2018 Medicine has taken a page from aviation over the last decade or so, adopting practices such as checklists and flattening the hierarchies among doctors, nurses, and other clinicians in an effort to reduce medical errors. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "Burned-Out Doctors Make Twice as Many Errors. The Business World Could Offer a Solution," 10 July 2018 Marshfield Clinic, founded in 1916 by six physicians, employs about 10,000 people, including more than 1,300 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other clinicians. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Expanding rural health care efforts, Beaver Dam Community Hospitals to join Marshfield Clinic Health System," 12 June 2018 For years, advocates and clinicians fought to remove those terms from the DSM. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "What is medically necessary treatment for gender-affirming health care?," 31 May 2018 The revelations are also causing debate among autistic people, their families, researchers and clinicians over whether the diagnostic label of Asperger’s syndrome should be abandoned. Simon Baron-cohen, Scientific American, "The Truth About Hans Asperger’s Nazi Collusion," 17 May 2018 The event is expected to attract chief innovation officers, software developers, product managers, startup CEOs and clinicians from across the country, said Leslie Evans, director of HIMSS Innovation and Conference Center. Julie Washington,, "Dev4Health conference examines health care solutions through technology," 26 Apr. 2018 Scott Weber, an Ottobock marketing specialist, said the goal of the Friday clinic was to give amputees the chance to get guidance directly from the company's clinicians and technicians. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Amputees try athletic prostheses at Anchorage clinic," 26 Mar. 2018 In particular, this is the moment for doctors and nurses and clinicians to help lead the way forward and find solutions. Susan Spencer, Woman's Day, "The U.S. Surgeon General Wants To Change How We Think About Drug Addiction," 8 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of clinician

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of clinician

: a person (such as a doctor or nurse) who works directly with patients rather than in a laboratory or as a researcher


cli·ni·cian | \klin-ˈish-ən \

Medical Definition of clinician 

: an individual qualified in the clinical practice of medicine, psychiatry, or psychology as distinguished from one specializing in laboratory or research techniques or in theory

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