Has the word “patient” outworn its usefulness? That question surfaced some months back at a Mayo Clinic symposium focusing on having patients take greater responsibility for their own care (or should I say “wellness?”).
The noun suggests one thing, the adjective something else again. Are folks awaiting medical care actually long-suffering, uncomplaining? (if yes, does that mean they are “compliant,” if no does that mean they’re an obstacle until handed off?)