Talk:discharge

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Re the medical sense: how do you call it when an inpatient decides that it's the better option for him to leave he hospital, although the staff thinks otherwise, and signs a paper saying he takes the responsibility for possible dangers this might create? To discharge oneself? In that case, what is the relevant noun? (I ask because in my native language we have different expressions, the use of which depends precisely on whether the decision is the doctor's or the patient's.) Duncan MacCall 05:54, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

No, I think the doctor or the hospital can discharge a patient, but it is a substandard construction to say that he discharges himself. One should say that the patient is leaving against the advice of his doctor. However, it is true that people do say that he discharges himself. It sounds illiterate to me. —Stephen 06:19, 31 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for your info. Consequently, I phrased it like this: see revers (Czech noun 1) Duncan MacCall 09:08, 1 September 2008 (UTC)