Terminology – What is the polite way to call your physicians, PA, NP nurses?

What is the unconditional patient to do? How do I talk generically about physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses. Do I need to list them all to be nice and polite and not forget anyone (or did I already forget some?). Insurance companies call them “providers” – but that sounds so wrong, so conditional. In other circles, they are called clinicians. This is somewhat better, but still so “clinical”. Should I call them physicians and physician extenders. Sounds silly too.

I give up, I’ll just call them all doctors or nurses. I respect PAs, NPs and all the other flavors. But I can’t find a good word that is friendly enough and respectful enough to include them all. I’m open to suggestions!


About Ileana Balcu

Passionate about healthcare, participatory medicine, e-patients, databases, IT and Health IT, social media, communication, teams and yoga. Proudly volunteering for the Society for Participatory Medicine http://participatorymedicine.org #s4pm

Posted on October 5, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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