Patient | Health Dictionary

A person in contact with the health system seeking attention for a health condition.
A person with injury, physical or mental disorder or disease, or abnormality who comes into the care of a health professional or of an institution responsible for providing care to such persons. Professions more politically correct than medicine have adopted the term ‘client’ – perhaps due to a misunderstanding of the meaning of the word, patient (I wait upon, i.e. I consult).


Patient | Health Dictionary

Keywords of this word: Patient


DIRECT PATIENT CARE

Community Health

Any activities by a health professional involving direct interaction, treatment, administration of medications or other therapy or involvement with a patient.... Community Health

INPATIENT

Community Health

An individual who has been admitted to a hospital or other facility for diagnosis and/or treatment that requires at least an overnight stay.... Community Health

INPATIENT

Medical Dictionary

A person who requires a hospital bed for investigation or treatment.... Medical Dictionary

OUTPATIENT

Community Health

A patient who is receiving ambulatory care at a hospital or other facility without being admitted to the facility.... Community Health

OUTPATIENT

Medical Dictionary

A patient attending a hospital clinic who is not admitted to a bed. Most patients attend an outpatients’ department after referral for a specialist opinion by their general practitioner. An increasing number of investigations and treatments, including surgery, are being done on an outpatient basis.... Medical Dictionary

OUTPATIENT SERVICES

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See “ambulatory care”.... Community Health

PATIENT ASSESSMENT (RESIDENT)

Community Health

Standardized tools to determine patient characteristics and abilities, what assistance they need and how they may be helped to improve or regain abilities. Patient assessment forms are completed using information gathered from medical records, interviews with the patient, other informants (e.g. family members) and direct observation.... Community Health

PATIENT CARE PLANNING

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See “care plan”.... Community Health

PATIENT CHOICE

Medical Dictionary

See ETHICS.... Medical Dictionary

PATIENT CONSENT

Medical Dictionary

See ETHICS.... Medical Dictionary

PATIENT EMPOWERMENT

Medical Dictionary

At a personal level, the engagement of individuals in decisions about their health and about the diagnosis, treatment and after-care of their illness, injuries and other disorders. At a public level, the engagement of all members of the public in the planning, provision and performance of their health-care services. Traditionally, at both personal and public levels, the patient has generally been regarded as naturally subordinate to the politicians and managers who plan and run the health-care system(s), and to health professionals and medical institutions who provide personal health care. The public and patients are increasingly unwilling to accept this traditional model and are asserting themselves, for example through patient help groups, complaints, litigation and local political action with the aim of securing changes in how health care is organised and a much greater say in their own care.... Medical Dictionary

PATIENT-CENTRED CARE

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An approach to care that consciously adopts a patient’s perspective. This perspective can be characterized around dimensions such as respect for patients’ values, preferences and expressed needs; coordination and integration of care; information, communication and education; physical comfort, emotional support and alleviation of fear and anxiety; involvement of family and friends; or transition and continuity.... Community Health

PATIENT-CONTROLLED ANALGESIA

Medical Dictionary

A technique whereby a patient can deliver an analgesic substance (see ANALGESICS) in amounts related to the extent of the PAIN that he or she is su?ering. For example, to combat post-operative pain, some hospitals use devices which allow patients to give themselves small intravenous amounts of opiates when they are needed. Pain is more e?ectively controlled if it is not allowed to reach a high level, a situation which tends to happen when patients receive analgesics only on ward drug rounds or when they ask the nursing sta? for them.... Medical Dictionary

PATIENT-ORIGIN STUDY

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A study, generally undertaken by an individual health programme or health planning agency to determine the geographic distribution of the residences of the patients served by one or more health programmes. Such studies help define catchment and medical trade areas and are useful in locating and planning the development of new services.... Community Health

PATIENTS’ RIGHTS

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A set of rights, privileges, responsibilities and duties under which individuals seek and receive health care services. As patients’ rights are often not explicit, the composition of the set varies from country to country and over time.... Community Health