Monday, December 25, 2006

Words Matter- Patient

See- this is the Wiki article that in a nutshell says what I tried to say in my first "Words Matter - Client" short.

Endurance vs subservience??? What would you pick if you could?

Patient - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Patient
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Patient is any person who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.[1] The person is most often ill or injured and is being treated by, or in need of treatment by, a physician or other medical professional. Health consumer or health care consumer or client are other names for patient, usually used by some governmental agencies, insurance companies, and/or patient groups.

Origin of word
The word patient is derived from the Latin word patiens, the present participle of the deponent verb pati, meaning 'one who endures' or 'one who suffers'.
Patient is also the adjective form of patience. Both senses of the word share a common origin.
In itself the definition of patient doesn't imply suffering or passivity but the role it describes is often associated with the definitions of the adjective form: enduring trying circumstances with even temper. Some have argued recently that the term should be dropped, because it underlines the inferior status of recipients of health care. For them, 'the active patient is a contradiction in terms, and it is the assumption underlying the passivity that is the most dangerous'. Unfortunately none of the alternative terms seem to offer a better definition.
Client, whose Latin root cliens means 'one who is obliged to make supplications to a powerful figure for material assistance', carries a sense of subservience.
Consumer suggest both a financial rerelationship and a particular social/political stance, implying that health care services operate exactly like all other commercial markets. Many reject that term on the grounds that consumerism is an individualistic concept that fails to capture the particularity of health care systems"


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