“Patients” vs. “Health Care Consumers”? Both, If You Ask AmyT By Susannah Fox | February 2, 2009 Categories: found on the net Amy Tenderich weighs in on the name debate: patient vs. consumer. Almost anything is better than cyberchondriac or medical googler, but e-patient is still my favorite. Related 4 Comments Cheryl Greene on February 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm I loathe the word “consumer” — as if we use up healthcare. “Patient” isn’t much better, though it goes nicely with “waiting room”. I personally lobbied for “Fergusons”, but Tom put his foot down on that one. Reply Susannah Fox on February 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm How about “Health Activist”? That was a suggestion from Marie Connelly over on DiabetesMine.com. I also like Jane Sarasohn-Kahn’s suggestion of “citizen.” Reply Kevin Kruse at e on May 11, 2009 at 3:57 pm Seems like each term Reply Kevin Kruse at e-Patient Connections on May 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm Seems like each term has pro’s and con’s. The reality is that we ARE acting like health consumers, but the term sure is cold and doesn’t embrace the elements of being a good, or savvy consumer. e-patient much better at that I think. Health Activist makes me think of people marching on Washington–which although probably not a bad idea–not the right term for everyday actions. Will be nice when “patient” itself embodies all that we want e-patient to mean. Reply Trackbacks/Pingbacks SusannahFox - @kevinkruse Check out the links in this short post re e-patient vs consumer vs medical googler vs cyberchondriac http://is.gd/i96w February retrospective on e-patients.net | e-Patients.net - [...] “Patients” vs. “Health Care Consumers”? Both, If You Ask AmyT [...] Jackie Fox: Why I Joined the Society for Participatory Medicine | e-Patients.net - [...] is an unusual contribution in our series Why I Joined. As we’ve observed (August 2008, February 2009, February 2011) that language… Leave a Reply to Susannah Fox Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.