The Patient Empowered – Wider options for patients

November 18, 2009


Olivier LAURENT - CEO at Coligane group

Wider options for patients

The patients in this modern world of improved methods of communications have opened up a wide range of options in the field of healthcare. Options include knowing more about the disease status, discussing about the outcomes of treatment with others who have undergone similar procedures, choosing the treatment option that he feels best, selecting the healthcare provider of his choice for the treatment, report any discrepancies in the treatment or any adverse event noted to the concerned authorities, the list goes on. While this has increased the knowledge of the patients in terms of disease and treatment, it has also eased the doctor’s role in explaining about these aspects. The patient is now able to be well informed before undergoing a treatment and make a choice in an easier and confident way.1, 2

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  2. Meijer WJ, Ragetlie PL. Empowering the patient with ICT-tools: the unfulfilled promise. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007; 127:199-218.

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