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    Question What to refer to a person undergoing a health examination? Patient? or not?

    We are making a pre-screening device that tests eye.
    This device is used to check whether a person has any eye ailment or not.


    In our operator manual, we keep referring to the person undergoing screening tests as patient. Is this right? Patient is someone who is suffering from a disease. right? In our case, after the screening is done, then only we know whether the person is a patient or a healthy person. Kind of "not guilty until proven" scenario.


    Our dilemma is - what word we should use to refer to the person undergoing screening? we thought of examinee, person, subject, etc... does not sound right in an operator manual.


    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.


    -- holla.
    Last edited by holla; 10-Jul-2012 at 15:05. Reason: Only for subscribing by email

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    Re: What to refer to a person undergoing a health examination? Patient? or not?

    Hello holla, and welcome to Using English.

    I would have no problem being described as a patient, even if I were only there to receive a diagnosis and I may not have any condition. A person who is visiting a doctor for any reason, including testing, is a patient.

    I'd rather be a patient than a subject, but for your manual, you can use "examinee" as well.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What to refer to a person undergoing a health examination? Patient? or not?

    A patient is a person undergoing medical care. Diagnostic testing is medical care. Doctors order the tests.

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