At the start of the treatment, after diagnosis, the patient’s control of their healthcare services was at its highest because they provided the specialists with their medical history. They also were concerned about the type of care they would be prescribed; therefore, they expressed active participation in establishing their treatment methods. According to Bailo et al. (2019), patient’s empowerment “does not only reside in the direct control of their condition as much as in an active role within the relationship with caretaker” (p. 1). In other words, the patient’s ability to choose their medical specialists represents their expression of control over their healthcare.
The lowest point of patient’s control over their health was in the first three-quarters of the treatment process when the type of therapy was already established and implemented into their care because the patient has been taking prescribed medication and evaluating their health condition. The last quarter of the therapy process shows the patient’s moderate level of control over their care because they feel better and more proactive. They are also more familiar with the reactions of their organism to the treatment.
Medical specialists using negotiation techniques with patients are considered to improve the latter’s well-being. Yeh et al. (2018) explain the advantages of educating the patient to make them more autonomous in health management. Their research findings showed that patient education sustained their empowerment, which was positively related to their health improvement. The patient’s involvement into the decision-making is linked to the level of their satisfaction with the treatment, which results in the improved heath performance. The scholars suggest that medical experts should implement this tool of negotiation with patients more into the healthcare facilities. In conclusion, both patient education and active involvement demonstrated a significant increase in patients’ well-being.
Bailo, L., Guiddi, P., Vergani, L., Marton, G., & Pravettoni, G. (2019). The patient perspective: Investigating patient empowerment enablers and barriers within the oncological care process. Ecancermedicalscience, 13, 1-15.
Yeh, M. Y., Wu, S. C., & Tung, T. H. (2018). The relation between patient education, patient empowerment and patient satisfaction: A cross-sectional-comparison study. Applied Nursing Research, 39, 11-17.