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Critical shift in approach discussed at first European conference on patient empowerment

10 May 2012 | Partners in Care

The benefits and challenges of a move towards patient empowerment were discussed by over 250 participants at the first European conference on the subject held in Denmark last month.

Patient empowerment is defined as a process to help people gain control of their own health care, which includes taking the initiative, solving problems and making decisions. It redefines the patient’s role, moving away from the traditional approach which creates dependency, to one in which responsibility is shared with health care professionals.

The aim of the conference was to share experiences on the different aspects of patient empowerment, including health literacy, chronic disease and the role of technology.


Read more about the conference in The Lancet.

Download presentations from the conference.

Read about the Commission’s health literacy programme.

Last updated 10/05/2012