Why have we included a section on ‘patient empowerment’?
People talk about ‘patient empowerment’ to the extent that it sometimes runs the risk of losing its meaning. So what does it mean? Does ‘power’ corrupt? And, how can patients use ‘power’ to work with health professionals to get the best possible care?
Also, what is ‘patient choice’ in reality? What choice do patients actually have and how can patients work closer with their doctors to review all the most relevant options?
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