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Glossary of Terms

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Health Care Intervention

Definition: Any type of treatment, preventive care, or test that a person could take or undergo to improve health or to help with a particular problem. Health care interventions include drugs (either prescription drugs or drugs that can be bought without a prescription), foods, supplements (such as vitamins), vaccinations, screening tests (to rule out a certain disease), exercises (to improve fitness), hospital treatment, and certain kinds of care (such as physical therapy).

Example: For example, health care interventions for people with depression include the many different drugs that are available for the treatment of depression. Counseling (without prescribing drugs) would also be a health care intervention for treating depression.

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