Service user, patient, survivor or client … has the time come to return to 'patient'?

David Christmas (Lead / Corresponding author), Angela Sweeney (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Recently, the Council of the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists agreed to use the term 'patient' as the preferred collective noun when referring to people accessing mental health services in its official documentation. Choices regarding terminology have the power to influence those who use such terms and here, David Christmas and Angela Sweeney debate the issue of whether such a decision is appropriate or whether we need to be more careful about the terms we use.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)9-13
    Number of pages5
    JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
    Volume209
    Issue number1
    Early online date1 Jul 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

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    Christmas, David ; Sweeney, Angela. / Service user, patient, survivor or client … has the time come to return to 'patient'?. In: British Journal of Psychiatry. 2016 ; Vol. 209, No. 1. pp. 9-13.
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    Service user, patient, survivor or client … has the time come to return to 'patient'? / Christmas, David (Lead / Corresponding author); Sweeney, Angela (Lead / Corresponding author).

    In: British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 209, No. 1, 07.2016, p. 9-13.

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