Patient or client?BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7383.253 (Published 01 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:253
- T P S Bloch, general practitioner
- Barn Close Surgery, Broadway, Worcestershire
It is sometimes claimed that our patients would be more empowered if we referred to them as clients. This assertion does not seem to be altogether logical if one considers the Latin roots of both these words.
Whereas patiens simply denotes someone who is …