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Is the phrase correct? Does it mean the same as "outpatients"? If not, what is the difference?
There are a lot of examples in health care texts, e.g.:
The Outpatient nurses supply a pathology collection service for inpatients and ambulatory outpatients.
outpatient services are for those who live outside the health care center or hospital, and come in for therapy or services. Many people receive outpatient substance abuse treatment or physical therapy.
ambulatory means to be able to walk, as opposed to being in a wheelchair or not able to get around. It can also mean walk-in services.
Ambulatory outpatient care services are quite common in the US. It means people can walk in without an appointment and get health care services.