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).

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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 ... 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 ...
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 are ... 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 ... 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
... 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 ... purpose, rather than an examination done to discover the cause of the patient's chief complaint—generally do not provide any health benefits ...
... is the historic medical practice of visually examining a patient's urine for pus, blood, or other symptoms of disease ... 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 such as infection turbidity ...

Famous quotes containing the word patient:

    Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better, or equal hope, in the world?
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

    This life is a hospital in which each patient is obsessed with the desire to change beds.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867)

    Narcissist: psychoanalytic term for the person who loves himself more than his analyst; considered to be the manifestation of a dire mental disease whose successful treatment depends on the patient learning to love the analyst more and himself less.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920)