HOW TO EMPOWER PATIENTS? A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS.

Review written by Robin Kerr info

BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Patient-centred medical care focusing on patient empowerment is often promoted in chronic disease management. The ability to take responsibility for one’s own health via the acquisition of insight into the rehabilitation process, promotion of the ability to make informed decisions and ultimately achieve positive transformation is the foundation of this approach. This systematic review and meta-analysis explored what factors are involved in patient empowerment. Knowledge was identified as a prominent cornerstone, then the outcomes of behaviour change techniques (BCTs) such as goal setting and action planning were examined.

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METHODS

A systematic review of 32 studies involving 5649 baseline participants was conducted according to the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines. RCT studies that mentioned “patient empowerment” and involved adults with one or more chronic diseases were included. Multiple “empowerment” measuring scales/tools were used in the studies. Following this, 23 studies involving 3544 participants were used in a Cochrane Collaboration Tool based meta-analysis.

RESULTS

Objective 1: Effect On Patient Empowerment

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