Patient empowerment: emancipatory or technological practice?

Piper, Stewart (2010) Patient empowerment: emancipatory or technological practice? Patient Education and Counseling, 79 (2). pp. 173-177. ISSN 1873-5134

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OBJECTIVE: To describe the meaning of the theme of empowerment from research on health promotion in nursing from the perspective of nurses participating in the study. METHODS: Manual data analysis and QSR NUD*IST Vivo were used to analyse the data generated by individual and focus group interviews and the critical incident technique with 32 qualified nurses working in an acute hospital setting in the UK. RESULTS: The participants identified a number of issues related to the theme of empowerment. These included the nurse as patient informer, psychological supporter and rapport builder and the concepts of informed choice/decision making, gatekeeping, coping, patient assertiveness, self-esteem and confidence. CONCLUSION: Empowerment is a complex, multi-dimensional, contested concept which can reflect a broad socio-political agenda, a radical emancipatory process or, as the findings from this qualitative study suggest, pragmatic interventions operating within the confines of a slightly modified medical model. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: If the reader deems the findings are transferable to their clinical milieu then the implications for practice relate to the need for careful consideration about empowerment in relation to operational definitions for practice, how terminology and related intervention is contextualised and the relationship between pragmatic empowerment and the medical paradigm.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Patient empowerment, Emancipatory or technological practice, Qualitative research, Medical model
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 10:09
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:03

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