patient role

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Noun1.patient role - the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
participant role, semantic role - (linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause
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In the times of biomedicalization a new role has appeared: "the temporary sick role for symptomatic women was replaced by a permanent 'risk role' for all women" (Klawiter 2008, 38).
The author offers a critical approach to the sociology of health, illness, and health care that takes into account the role of power, emphasizing research that questions assumptions about these areas, such as the concept of a sick role that minimizes aspects of individual lives other than the time they spend as patients, as well as assumptions about patient compliance and medical treatments.
The criticism that the WTU may create a climate that fosters identification with the sick role is counterintuitive, since the language was purposefully written so the Soldiers would identify themselves as "Warriors in transition.
Medical social control has been said to emerge from medicine as an agent of social control (1) as evidenced by the sick role.
One of the aspects which become very much evident in this novel is the sick role.
In Szaszian terms this implies someone impersonating a person with a physical illness, but which might be better construed as someone fulfilling a sick role and thereby 'impersonating' a [physically] sick person.
The motives include gaining of sympathy and attention by experiencing the sick role.
I am fortunate to be working in what is essentially a communicable diseases (TB/HIV) ward, and I am startled by the growing problems of treatment interruptions, delayed presentations, and the strong desire by many to assume the sick role right alongside the most stoic of individuals.
Source: Posted April 9, 2012, by Stone Hearth News from "The Labeling Paradox: Stigma, the Sick Role, and Social Networks in Mental Illness" from the Journal of Health & Social Behavior, a quarterly, medical sociology journal.
1) Today, most experts use it to describe a rare form of factitious disorder in which patients actively seek to assume the sick role to gain attention, sympathy, and comfort from medical personnel.