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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The term person is often used in the health care profession as a broad term to describe a variety of people and patients. Person is often considered the preferred term in health care jargon because it is gender neutral and can also be used when considering "whole person health," covering a variety of areas such as mental, emotional, psychiological needs of the patient. 

Additionally, the neutral term person can also be joined with a variety of additional indicators to create more specific sub-groups, such as young persons, elderly persons, persons with health care.