Friday, December 29, 2006


That is the number of profile views I have had in the last year. Cool!! I started blogging a last year about this time, and recently took a two month hiatus due to lack of time and a basic ennui. The last time I looked at how many profile views I had there was 85. So, someone, somewhere has been looking, and I thank you.

In the last few months I have started a new position full time, am working a second job as a waitress, and have been driving teenagers around to sports and jobs. It has been hectic. I have posted comments on other blogs, and will certainly begin a roundup of some of those, as I tend to get quite passionate about things I read.

Happy New Year!!! 431... so cool. Considering I started at zero.....

Clients In a Nutshell - Comments

Several years ago Edinburgh health services discussed dropping the term "patient" in favour of "client." One of the neurologists, a couthy Glaswegian, said "there are two professions which have clients - lawyers and whoors."

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"


Client (ancient Rome) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Latin word cliens is formed of the earlier cluens, "hearing", in the sense that such an individual is at the call of his patron.

There is a discussion going on at NHS Blog Doctor about the use of client versus patient in the health care setting.

I thought this summed up the relationship I have with the workers insurance company that I have dealt with. We have been at their beck and call for a lot of years.

Went to the last medical evaluation. It was interesting to note that even though this was touted as an independant exam, the doctor making observations and supplying info to the company worked at their auxillary centre. This information was available on the College of Physicians and Surgeons site. I was wondering why nobody medically connected had heard of him through the hospital grapevine. I now know... I am very curious as to why he did not want an extra person there at first, even though our letter said that an acompanying person was allowed.

It was even more telling that there were so many levels of security going in and out of the building. They must be doing more Kama Sutra magic to their clientele, methinks.