How much longer will authors, journalists and others continue to label women invited to breast screening as ‘patients’. They are not patients, as Hazel Thornton points out in a rapid response posted to Adrian O`Dowd`s report last week: “Patients are deceived over benefits and risks of screening, MPs hear”.
BMJ 2014;348:g3960 13 June 2014. They are citizens, people, women.
This adds to the medicalisation of society.
However, if they attend breast screening they have a 3 to 1 chance of becoming patients.