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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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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

Potentially Concussive Event

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
9/18/2012

Events or incidents that may result in an individual experiencing a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion.

Source of Definition

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

Health Care Provider [JP 4-02] (HCP)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
7/26/2012

Any member of the Armed Forces, civilian employee of the Department of Defense, or personal services contract employee under Title 10, United States Code, Section ...

Source of Definition

Joint Publication 4-02, Health Service Support

Related Glossary Terms

Health Care Provider [DoDM 6025.13] | Healthcare Trainee | Health Care Providers [DoDI 6200.06]

Health Care Provider [DoDI 6490.10] (HCP)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/26/2012

Any medical treatment facility or, dental treatment facility This includes garrison clinics and such facilities in a military operational unit, ship, or aircraft, and any other person or organization outside of such facilities' workforce who ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.10: Continuity of Behavioral Health Care for Transferring and Transitioning Service Members

Related Glossary Terms

Health Care Providers [DoDI 6200.06] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 1300.27] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6000.13] | Health Care Provider [DoDM 6025.13] | Health Care Provider [JP 4-02]

Psychotherapy Notes

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/26/2012

Notes recorded, in any medium, by a health care provider who is a mental health professional documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private, group, joint, or family counseling session and that are separated from the ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.10: Continuity of Behavioral Health Care for Transferring and Transitioning Service Members

Related Glossary Terms

Psychotherapy Notes | Psychotherapy Notes

United States

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/8/2012

The physical region that includes the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, United States possessions and territories, and surrounding territorial waters and airspace.

Source of Definition

Comprehensive Health Surveillance

Related Glossary Terms

United States | United States

Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/8/2012

The regular or repeated collection, analysis, and interpretation of health related data and the dissemination of information to monitor the health of a population and to identify potential risks to health, thereby enabling timely interventions ...

Source of Definition

Comprehensive Health Surveillance

Related Glossary Terms

Health Surveillance

Defense Medical Surveillance System

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/8/2012

An executive information system whose database contains up-to-date and historical data on diseases and medical events (e.g., hospitalizations, ambulatory visits, reportable diseases, Human Immunodeficiency Virus tests, acute respiratory ...

Source of Definition

Comprehensive Health Surveillance

Related Glossary Terms

Defense Medical Surveillance System

Department of Defense Serum Repository

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/8/2012

A repository used for the identification, prevention, and control of diseases associated with military and DoD-EC service.  The mission of the DoDSR for medical surveillance is for future clinical diagnosis and sero-epidemiologic studies.

Source of Definition

Comprehensive Health Surveillance

Related Glossary Terms

Department of Defense Serum Repository

Comprehensive Military Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/8/2012

Health surveillance conducted throughout Service members’ military careers and DoD civilian employees’ employment, across all duty locations, and encompassing risk, intervention, and outcome data.  Such surveillance is ...

Source of Definition

Comprehensive Health Surveillance

Related Glossary Terms

Comprehensive Military Health Surveillance

Medical Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/8/2012

The ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data derived from instances of medical care or medical evaluation, and the reporting of population based information for characterizing and countering threats to a population ...

Source of Definition

Comprehensive Health Surveillance

Related Glossary Terms

Medical Surveillance | Medical Surveillance

Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/8/2012

The regular or repeated collection, analysis, archiving, interpretation, and dissemination of occupational and environmental health-related data for monitoring the health of, or potential health hazard impact on, a population and individual ...

Source of Definition

Comprehensive Health Surveillance

Related Glossary Terms

Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance

Design and Construction Agents

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/13/2012

For the purpose of this Instruction, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment.

Source of Definition

Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
11/22/2011

A mental health professional with training and expertise in COSC management who consults with the Combatant Command Surgeon and the Combatant Commander about matters related to combat stress such as unit cohesion, unit morale, resilience, ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.05: Maintenance of Psychological Health in Military Operations

Related Glossary Terms

Combat and Operational Stress Control Consultant | Combat and Operational Stress Control Personnel | Combat and Operational Stress Reactions

Prevention of Combat and Operational Stress Reactions

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
11/22/2011

Indicated prevention - Interventions targeted to Service members with COSR or indications of a potential mental health disorder, and to units that show signs that their mission effectiveness is being affected by combat or operational stressors ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.05: Maintenance of Psychological Health in Military Operations
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