About Patient Empowerment
Due to increasing healthcare systems complexities, paired with the increasing proportion of chronic diseases patients and other factors, clearly growing need for an all-round well-coordinated health system.
Since the patient is viewed as the most important member of the healthcare team, it is necessary to engage patients in all their health-related decisions. However, patients are still struggling to get the support they need to become equal partners in care. To make real progress, we need to make patient empowerment a priority.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines empowerment as “a process through which people gain greater control over decisions and actions affecting their health".
In Saudi Arabia, the concept of Patient Empowerment started to build, spread, improve and gain more attention through several regulators and governmental entities. Therefore, the Saudi Patient Safety Center is working on familiarizing the society with patient empowerment concept.
Why is patient empowerment important?
How to be an active patient?
Patient Empowerment in SPSC
The Saudi Patient Safety Center has developed a specialized team in patient empowerment that believes patient have the right to be engaged and to be part of the decision-making process in their disease journey.
Patient Empowerment Team is working on empowering, educating, enabling and engaging patients and their family members to understand their rights and roles, so they take control of their health condition. Some tools used to achieve these desired objectives are: