Balancing power and powerlessness: Patient empowerment as a basis for equality in the patient-physician relationship

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Abstract

Is this very topical book the accessible report of scientific insights on patient empowerment or is it a personal story? Both. Communicator, researcher and author Edgard Eeckman bases his argument about the relationship between patient and doctor both on scientific research and on his own personal experience of healthcare. He always keeps people in mind. The human being in the patient and in the healthcare provider. He looks at power in the patient-doctor relationship from an unusual angle. Power through dependence lurks in the background of the relationship: power that is not always visible, but can have a great influence on the behaviour of the patient. And on that of the caregiver.
From his unusual vision of power, the author detects the concrete ingredients of patient empowerment and indicates what the answer might be to the existing asymmetrical power relationship between patient and healthcare provider. A warm, argued plea for an equal relationship between patient and healthcare provider. A story that is also the accessible analysis of a scientific study. Doctors, but also other healthcare providers, healthcare organisations and, last but not least, patients and patient associations, will find numerous new insights in this book.
Original languageDutch
PublisherVUBPRESS / Politeia
Number of pages188
ISBN (Print)978-2-509-03525-7
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2019

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