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Patient empowerment, an additional characteristic of the European definitions of general practice/family medicine.
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PMID:  23336328     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Growing evidence supports the inclusion of patient empowerment as a key ingredient of care for patients with chronic conditions. In recent years, several studies based on patient empowerment, have been carried out in different European countries in the context of general practice and primary care to improve management of chronic diseases. These studies have shown good results of the care model, increasing patient and health professionals' satisfaction, adherence to guidelines and to treatment, and improving clinical outcomes. In 2011, the Wonca European Council included as the twelfth characteristic of the European definitions of general practice/family medicine: 'promote patient empowerment'. The aim of this paper is to clarify the meaning of 'patient empowerment' and to explain why family medicine should be considered the most suitable setting to promote it. The inclusion of patient empowerment as one of the essential characteristics of general practice fills a conceptual gap and clearly suggests to the European health care systems a tested model to face chronic diseases: involving and empowering patients in managing their own conditions to improve health and well-being.
Authors:
Ernesto Mola
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  The European journal of general practice     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1751-1402     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Gen Pract     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9513566     Medline TA:  Eur J Gen Pract     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Associazione Scientifica Interdisciplinare e di Medicina di Famiglia e di Comunità -ASSIMEFAC , Italy.
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