Patient empowerment or the emperor's new clothes

Salmon, Peter; Hall, George M.
February 2004
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Feb2004, Vol. 97 Issue 2, p53
Academic Journal
The author reflects on patient empowerment in clinical practice. He contends that patient empowerment aims to widen the political and cultural emphasis on individual choice and cultural justification from psychological research and theory. He also stresses that treatment decisions of the patients are the paradigmatic way of being empowered, where they are given information in the belief that this will enable informed choices.


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