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The relation between patient-centeredness and patient empowerment: a discussion on concepts.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research. (Health Services Research)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research. (Health Services Research)
2010 (English)In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 79, no 2, 167-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE

The concepts of patient-centeredness and patient empowerment offer opportunities for patients to increase their autonomy and involvement in their care and treatment. However, these concepts appear to be understood in different ways by professional groups involved in healthcare and research. To optimize understanding there is a need to create a common language. To explore and compare the concepts of patient-centeredness and patient empowerment, and clarify a possible relationship between the two from the perspective of the encounter between patients and their healthcare providers.

METHODS

Concept analysis approach in which the concepts are compared based on literature review. RESULTS: Patient-centeredness can be the goal of an encounter between patient and caregiver. As a process, it is of great value in the process of patient empowerment. Patient empowerment appears to be broader than patient-centeredness, and may place greater demands on caregivers and the organisation of healthcare.

CONCLUSION

Patient-centeredness and patient empowerment are complementary concepts which do not oppose one-another. Patient empowerment can be achieved by patient-centeredness, but patients can also empower themselves.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS

Clarification of patient-centeredness and patient empowerment can facilitate their use by those involved in healthcare, improve the quality of healthcare, and aid future research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 79, no 2, 167-172 p.
Keyword [en]
Patient-centeredness, patient empowerment, concept analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-119790DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2009.08.008PubMedID: 19748203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-119790DiVA: diva2:300992
Available from: 2010-03-02 Created: 2010-03-02 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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