The Power of Empowerment
Linda J. LippSenior Medical Writer
Newton’s first law of motion goes something like this: “An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion—unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
So what for the newly diagnosed, chronically ill, or disease-progressing patient? What is a positive “unbalanced force” that can shift them out of their feelings of powerlessness?
In short, the answer is patient empowerment.
Empowerment can manifest in many ways and is mostly understood as a process of change. The path to empowerment can be complex and is quite certainly unique.
For patients, self-empowerment can begin with the impact of a diagnosis and may be further developed by ongoing support, educational resources, and participation within their own healthcare management team and among peer-based support groups.
Practical support can help patients make decisions and regain a sense of control. Moral support can provide encouragement and a sense of direction. Educational tools and resources can help patients have a clearer understanding of their disease or condition, treatment options, side-effects management, and long-term prognosis. Lastly, participation enables engagement, which crowds out isolation and allows for contributions and further growth.
When you are not well, your illness can very easily become the center of your universe. With patient education, empowerment, and involvement, patients can be moved along the continuum from just surviving to coping better and living more fully—even in the presence of illness.
Do your patient populations need empowerment?
Artcraft Health Education can help!
At Artcraft Health Education, we craft innovative and customized educational materials that can help empower your patients every step of the way. At the forefront of our action plans are our CARE™ principles, which guide these materials to be:
Visit our Web site at: www.artcrafthealthed.com today to see how we can apply our CARE™ principles to meet your patients’ educational needs and further their levels of empowerment!