Clinical practice is what happens when patients with a health need interact with physicians and clinical teams. It takes place in clinical microsystems, the places where patients and practitioners meet. The aim is to achieve the best outcomes desired by the patient at the lowest cost to the patient and the community and to do this in a way that maintains the respect, privacy and dignity of the patient.
Clinical practice often involves a healing relationship between a person with a health need and a health care professional who is specially trained to meet the patient’s need by applying biomedical science, evidence-based care and by taking into account the patients preferences, wants and needs. It covers the full life span of individuals and includes health promotion, disease prevention, acute care, chronic care and palliative care.