(Del lat. clinĭce, y este del gr. κλινική, de κλίνη, lecho).
1. f. Ejercicio práctico de la medicina relacionado con la observación directa del paciente y con su tratamiento. Un tratado de clínica.http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltConsulta?TIPO...
clin•ic•al /klnkl/ adj.
1 [only before noun] relating to the examination and treatment of patients and their illnesses: clinical research (= done on patients, not just considering theory) clinical training (= the part of a doctor’s training done in a hospital) clinical trials of a drughttp://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7index1a.pl
In clinical practice
doctors personally assess patients in order to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease using clinical judgment. The doctor-patient relationship typically begins an interaction with an examination of the patient's medical history and medical record, followed a medical interview and a physical examination. Basic diagnostic medical devices (e.g. stethoscope, tongue depressor) are typically used. After examination for signs and interviewing for symptoms, the doctor may order medical tests (e.g. blood tests), take a biopsy, or prescribe pharmaceutical drugs or other therapies. Differential diagnosis methods help to rule out conditions based on the information provided. During the encounter, properly informing the patient of all relevant facts is an important part of the relationship and the development of trust. The medical encounter is then documented in the medical record, which is a legal document in many jurisdictions. Followups may be shorter but follow the same general procedure.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine#Clinica...