CLINICAL GOVERNANCE: ' What is the role of patients in healthcare? TODAY? - Its about Practitioner-patient Partnership! - Guardian - Health Resource International West Africa (HRI)

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Monday, 24 July 2017

CLINICAL GOVERNANCE: ' What is the role of patients in healthcare? TODAY? - Its about Practitioner-patient Partnership! - Guardian

Dear All if we are not asking this question in our practice, this is the time to start asking ourselves: READ ON.

' What is the role of patients in healthcare?
( its about how patients can work with healthcare staff to improve care)

 The availability of medical information puts more power in the hands of patients.  Therefore the role of the patient is changing.


Gone are the days when they were a passive recipient of care. Doctors are now expected to engage patients in their own health, care and treatment. There are also a number of initiatives to foster patient involvement in the design, planning and delivery of health services.
With advances in technology, there is scope for patients to have more control over their care. A raft of apps and digital innovations can help keep patients with long-term conditions at home longer. Patients now manage their own health with the support of doctors.

In a column for the Healthcare Professionals Network, commentator Richard Vize wrote: “The ubiquitous availability of medical information is irrevocably putting more power in the hands of patients.”
He added that in the UK, and globally, access to information is growing in a random and patchy way, while the ability of patients to use that information effectively in their discussions with doctors and other clinicians is entirely at the whim of the professional who is seeing them.

How can this be changed? What is the role of technology in empowering patients and healthcare professionals? What examples are there of patients being involved in designing and delivering health services? How can patient feedback play a part?’’

Joseph Ana.

Africa Center for Clin Gov Research & Patient Safety
@ HRI West Africa Group - HRI WA
Consultants in Clinical Governance Implementation
Publisher: Health and Medical Journals 
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Cross River State, Nigeria
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