The Patient Empowered – Patient as a partner

November 20, 2009


Olivier LAURENT - CEO at Coligane group

Patient as a partner

In the initial periods where medical knowledge was limited only to the healthcare professionals there was a gap between the patient and the healthcare provider wherein healthcare provider was at a much higher level than the patient. The advents in the science of communication technologies have been able to bridge the gap between the patient and the healthcare providers.
The patients are now being looked at as partners who provide valuable feedback for the betterment of healthcare facilities rather than just being the receivers. The reports about the popularity of the treatment protocol, its adverse effects and its benefits are now being used to facilitate improvement in the field of healthcare. The feedbacks about hospitals, doctors and other health related activities has helped hospitals and research agencies to design drugs and treatment protocols accordingly.1, 2
Several studies have revealed that empowering patients to act as co-producers in managing a condition or disorder can improve the outcome of the disorder.3 Training of hospital staff to improve communication with patients are now being practiced in several healthcare establishments. Considering patients as partners has enabled the doctors and other healthcare providers achieve a better outcome from the treatments being administered.

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  1. Haidet P, Kroll TL, Sharf BF. The complexity of patient participation: lessons learned from patients’ illness narratives. Patient Educ Couns. 2006 Sep; 62(3):323-9. Epub 2006 Aug 2.
  2. Bogart LM, Uyeda K. Community-based participatory research: partnering with communities for effective and sustainable behavioral health interventions. Health Psychol. 2009 Jul; 28(4):391-3.
  3. Trummer UF, Mueller UO, Nowak P, Stidl T, Pelikan JM. Does physician-patient communication that aims at empowering patients improve clinical outcome? A case study. Patient Educ Couns. 2006 May; 61(2):299-306. Epub 2005 Jun 20.

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