Patient

A patient is any recipient of health care services. The patient is most often ill or injured and in need of treatment by a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, veterinarian, or other health care provider.

The word patient originally meant 'one who suffers'. This English noun comes from the Latin word patiens, the present participle of the deponent verb, patior, meaning 'I am suffering,' and akin to the Greek verb πάσχειν (= paskhein, to suffer) and its cognate noun πάθος (= pathos).

Read more about PatientOutpatients and Inpatients, Alternative Terminology, Patient Satisfaction

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Uroscopy
... the historic medical practice of visually examining a patient's urine for pus, blood, or other symptoms of disease ... very limited means of obtaining evidence for the correct diagnosis of a patient's condition ... However, visual examination of a patient's urine may provide preliminary evidence for a diagnosis, but is generally limited to conditions that affect the urinary system such as infection turbidity or blood ...
Patient Satisfaction
... Patients' satisfaction with an encounter with health care service is mainly dependent on the duration and efficiency of care, and how empathetic and communicable the health care providers ... It is favored by a good doctor-patient relationship ... Also, patients that are well informed of the necessary procedures in a clinical encounter, and the time it is expected to take, are generally more satisfied even if there is a longer waiting time ...
Medical Confidentiality
... Confidentiality is commonly applied to conversations between doctors and patients ... protections prevent physicians from revealing certain discussions with patients, even under oath in court ... This physician-patient privilege only applies to secrets shared between physician and patient during the course of providing medical care ...
Physical Examination
... process by which a doctor investigates the body of a patient for signs of disease ... history — an account of the symptoms as experienced by the patient ... an examination done to discover the cause of the patient's chief complaint—generally do not provide any health benefits ...
OPQRST - Meaning
... The parts of the mnemonic are Onset of the event What the patient was doing when it started (active, inactive, stressed), whether the patient believes that activity prompted the pain, and ... Quality of the pain This is the patient's description of the pain ... Ideally, this will elicit descriptions of the patient's pain whether it is sharp, dull, crushing, burning, tearing, or some other feeling, along with the pattern ...

Famous quotes containing the word patient:

    I am like a doctor. I have written a prescription to help the patient. If the patient doesn’t want all the pills I’ve recommended that’s up to him. But I must warn that next time I will have to come as a surgeon with a knife.
    —Javier Pérez De Cuéllar (b. 1920)

    Our challenge as parents is to be patient enough to allow our children to take ten minutes to do something that would take us two seconds. We need to allow our children to develop what I call their “struggle muscle.” This is developed the same way any other muscle develops, through regular exercise.
    Stephanie Martson (20th century)