Patient empowerment as a component of health system reforms: Rights, benefits and vested interests

Cinzia Colombo, Lorenzo Moja, Marien Gonzalez-Lorenzo, Alessandro Liberati, Paola Mosconi

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Abstract

Different strategies have been developed across countries to foster citizens' and patients' involvement, from health policies to patients' active participation in decisions regarding their health. The spectrum varies from systems where patients lead the reform of health care services, to others where a paternalistic approach still limits patients' autonomy in decision-making. This paper describes: (1) different interventions for involving patients; (2) experiences to promote consumer evidence-based advocacy; and (3) barriers to consumer involvement in health system reforms, including vested interests in patients' associations. Citizens' involvement in health systems can vary substantially, but is gaining increasing weight.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalInternal and Emergency Medicine
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Conflict of interest
  • Consumer advocacy
  • Consumer participation
  • Decision-making
  • Health care reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

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