Table 2

Terms compared within each included study

Study, countryPatientClientConsumerService user/userCustomerSurvivorPerson seeking healthcarePerson with 
condition*
Other term/s
Anczewska et al, 74 Polandxxx
Aukst-Margetić et al, 32 Croatiaxx
Baskett,75 UKxxxx
Batra and Lilford,43 UKxxxx
Byrne et al, 76 UKxxx
Covell et al, 15 USAxxxx
Cybulska,34 UKxxx
Deber et al, 31 Canadaxxxxx
Denning et al, 26 Australiaxxxxx
Dickens and Picchioni,19 UKxxxx
Elliott and White,44 New Zealandxxx
Heffernan,63 UKxx
Keaney et al, 77 UKxx
Lloyd et al, 46 Australiaxx
Loudon et al, 47 UKxxxx
Magnezi et al, 48 Israelxxx
Mariotto et al, 14 Italyxxx
McGuire-Snieckus et al, 42 UK†xxx
Mueser et al, 70 USAxxx
Nair,78 Australiaxxx
Nair et al, 79 Australiaxxx
Probert,35 UKxx
Ramdass et al, 80 Trinidad and Tobagoxxx
Ritchie et al, 33 UKx
Sharma et al, 45 UK and Canadaxxx
Sim et al, 41 Irelandxxx
Simmons et al, 29 UKxxx
Swift et al, 81 UK and Irelandxx
Thalitaya et al, 16 UK‡xxx
Turner et al, 82 UKxx
Upton et al, 49 UKxxxxx
Wing,30 USAx
Wittich et al 83 USAxxx
Survivorship studies
PatientEx-patientPerson/someone who has had cancerCancer conquerorSurvivor/Cancer survivorVictimSomeone with cancerOther term/s
Bellizzi and Blank,50 USAxxxx
Chambers et al, 51 Australiaxxx
Cho and Park,55 USAxxxx
Deimling et al, 54 USAxxx
Deimling et al,85 USAxxx
Kelly et al, 53 USAxxxxNone of the descriptors¶
Morris et al, 52 Australia and USA§xxx
Park et al, 84 USAxxxx
  • *Includes ‘pregnant woman’.

  • †’Patient' preferred in all subgroups except social workers (’client' preferred); for occupational therapists, ’patient' and ’client' were equally most preferred.

  • ‡’Client' preferred before terms were defined, ’patient' preferred after terms were defined.

  • §’Person who has/had cancer' preferred by patients with prostate cancer (study 1), ’cancer survivor' preferred by patients with breast cancer (study 2).

  • ¶Term was most-preferred in this study.