What is patient?

  • (adj): Enduring without protest or complaint.
    See also — Additional definitions below


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.

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Some articles on patient:

Physical Examination
... medical) is the process by which a doctor investigates the body of a patient for signs of disease ... the medical history — an account of the symptoms as experienced by the patient ... 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 whether the ... 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, such as intermittent, constant ...
... is the historic medical practice of visually examining a patient's urine for pus, blood, or other symptoms of disease ... is considered to be a 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 ...
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 ... 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
... is commonly applied to conversations between doctors and patients ... 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 ...

More definitions of "patient":

  • (noun): A person who requires medical care.
    Example: "The number of emergency patients has grown rapidly"
  • (adj): Enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance.
    Example: "A patient smile"; "was patient with the children"; "an exact and patient scientist"; "please be patient"
  • (noun): The semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause.
    Synonyms: affected role, patient role

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    When little boys grown patient at last, weary,
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