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Implications of Patient Empowerment – From an eHealth Perspective

Författare och institution:
Porya Mohajer Soltani (Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi (GU)); Kalevi Pessi (Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi (GU))
Publicerad i:
9th European Conference on IS Management and Evaluation – ECIME 2015, ( 27 ) s. 287-294
Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Ever more nations are struggling to meet the demand for have high-quality and affordable health services. Changes in fiscal environments, scarce resources together with the increase in aging population, chronic diseases and other illnesses have, however, made the needs of the modern-day patient more difficult to meet. Faced with these challenges, healthcare systems are moving from a traditional environment to an information environment, known as eHealth, to better meet health demand. In addition, many have called for patients to be involved in the production of health, a concept known as patient empowerment. A co-production is also believed to leave patients more satisfied with outcomes due to their involvement. To enable co-production, structural alterations need to be made and new methods applied to activate the role of patients. This paper discusses the implications of empowering patients so to enable them in becoming co-producers of health from a health practitioner’s perspective. Hence, the study has made use of a qualitative driven approach so to enable an understanding of the ongoing empowerment of patients in the Västra Götaland Regional Council of Sweden. Therefore, semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight professionals all working at various levels within the public health sector. The professionals interviewed are a chief physician, psychotherapist, process manager, head of business development, nurse, physician, midwife, and physiotherapist. The yielded results provided a relatively common perception on the implications faced by the realization of empowering the Swedish patient. These implications touched upon five broad categories; time, knowledge, resource allocation, information and mistrust. As a conclusion, the paper stresses the need for healthcare providers to take into consideration the five identified factors hindering the progress of patient empowerment.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Data- och informationsvetenskap ->
Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik ->
Patient empowerment, co-producing health, clinical relationships, health literacy, eHealth
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2015-10-14 17:56
Posten ändrad:
2016-04-28 16:07

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