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MHS Health Care Glossary

Military Health System (MHS) Health Care Glossary serves as the official repository and consolidated reference (as a secondary source) for terms and definitions used within the MHS. Some terms may have multiple and varying definitions based on the context and primary source of authority. Note that certain definitions may be approved only for limited use in a single primary reference document, while others may have broad applicability in multiple contexts and issuances. To determine the most appropriate definition in a particular context, consult all relevant source documents. Any disparities between this Glossary and primary sources are unintentional, and the primary source shall control.

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Least Restrictive Alternative Principle

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/4/2013

A principle under which a Service member committed for hospitalization and treatment will be placed in the most appropriate and therapeutic setting available: That is no more restrictive than is conducive to the most effective form of ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.04: Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Military Services

Good Faith

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/4/2013

A sincere belief without improper purpose.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.04: Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Military Services

Good Faith

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/4/2013

A sincere belief without improper purpose.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.04: Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Military Services

Supervisor

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/4/2013

A commissioned officer within or out of a Service member’s official chain of command, or civilian employee in a grade level comparable to a commissioned officer, who: Exercises supervisory authority over the Service member owing to the ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.04: Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Military Services

Related Glossary Terms

Supervision

Mental Healthcare Provider (MHP)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/4/2013

A psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, a person with a doctorate in clinical social work, or a psychiatric nurse practitioner. In cases of outpatient mental health evaluations (MHEs) only, licensed clinical social workers who possess a ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.04: Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Military Services

Related Glossary Terms

Provider | Health Care Providers [DoDI 6200.06] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6000.13] | Health Care Provider [DoDM 6025.13] | Health Care Provider [JP 4-02]

Operational Risk Factor

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/26/2013

An activity, event, or circumstance that could increase the risk of physical or psychological injury to a deployed individual. These may include but are not limited to: Actual or threatened injury to self. Actual or threatened injury or death ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.12: Mental Health Assessments for Service Members Deployed in Connection with a Contingency Operation

Deployed in Connection with a Contingency Operation

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/26/2013

The relocation of forces and materiel to desired operational areas in which Service members are or may become involved in military actions, operations, or hostilities against an enemy of the United States or against an opposing military force ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.12: Mental Health Assessments for Service Members Deployed in Connection with a Contingency Operation

Licensed Independent Practitioner

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2012

Any individual permitted by law and Service regulations to provide care, treatment and services, without direction or supervision, within the scope of the individual’s license and consistent with individually granted clinical privileges. ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction Number 6490.11:DoD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting

Related Glossary Terms

Licensed Independent Practitioner | Licensed Independent Practitioner

Medical Evaluation or Assessment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2012

A meeting between a Service member and a person with medical training such as medic or corpsman, physician assistant, physician, or nurse to ensure the health and well-being of the Service member. Components of this evaluation include ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction Number 6490.11:DoD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting

Retrograde Amnesia

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2012

The loss of memory for events that occurred prior to the traumatic event.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction Number 6490.11:DoD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting

Related Glossary Terms

Amnesia | Antegrade Amnesia

Amnesia

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2012

A lack of memory. Amnesia related to trauma, such as concussion, can be either antegrade or retrograde.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction Number 6490.11:DoD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting

mTBI Concussion

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2012

The diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury also known as concussion is made when two conditions are met. In the absence of documentation, both conditions are based on self-report information. An injury event must have occurred. The ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction Number 6490.11:DoD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting

Antegrade Amnesia

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2012

The inability to form new memories following the traumatic event (typically not permanent).

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction Number 6490.11:DoD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting

Recurrent Concussion

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2012

Three or more diagnosed mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)/concussions within a 12 month period.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction Number 6490.11:DoD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting

Quality Assurance [DoDI 6490.11]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2012

The systematic monitoring and evaluation of the various aspects of medical care to maximize the probability that minimum standards of quality are being met.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction Number 6490.11:DoD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting
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