I am developing a software application for a Medical Committee which will analyse [medical] examination results and issue certificates based on them. The Committee never sees the person and the exam results may be years old, so 'patient' is not a good term.

What can I call the person who is being evaluated? In Spanish they use Evaluado which may be 'Evaluated' or 'Evaluee' but I don't know which to use or if they are correct.

It would be great to use a single word, not a phrase like 'Person being evaluated'.

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A term used for the person being evaluated in many scientific and medical studies is subject

a person or thing that undergoes experiment, analysis, treatment, etc


I would suggest Patient is exactly the right term. The person was a patient at the time the original examination was performed.

Evaluee is a possibility, but it seems rather impersonal. The Committee is dealing with results from real people.

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    I agree. I was just about to post that Patient would be the proper term. The only other thing that would come to mind is customer.
    – Jacobm001
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 20:08
  • Uhmm.. Yes but they were not their patients and they do treat them as impersonal subject, so it would be closer to their needs. Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 20:10
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    Customer might imply that they are paying for a service (and have a choice about doing that). Client could be an option, but patient happily covers even those who have died in the meantime. @aldo: I would say that it doesn't matter whose patient the patient was.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 20:11
  • @AndrewLeach Thanks for appreciation. I think it matters because commitee is not examining people, but exams results. The person was a 'patient' on the clinic, but is a 'evaluee' or 'subject' on Commitee (which is third-party). I would like to reflect this, too. In addition, if they are dead, they won't be evaluated by Commitee. Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 20:19

An evaluee is usually used in flight related duties i.e. in the military. In the U.S. Navy we use this term for people getting an evaluation on their crew position - enlisted or officer (pilot, gunner and etc.)/


how about Examinee?

it's a fairly neutral term.

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