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Patient empowerment and quality of life: a qualitative study on the doctors’ perspective

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Abstract

Patient empowerment is necessary to increase patients’ participation and shared decisions in clinical settings. In order to promote and increase patient empowerment, clinical settings should be organized around the patient’s demands, needs and values. At the same time, patients should be provided with clear and understandable information that make them able to express their preferences and make shared decisions with their physicians. Empowered patients experience an increased physical and mental well-being as well as a better general quality of life. However, physicians often have a partial understanding of patient empowerment, do not know how to improve it or are even afraid of it, thinking that it can bring to an unbalanced relationship, in which patients pretend to take the lead, without the appropriate skills and knowledge.

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