Organised by FIP’s Community Pharmacy Section, in collaboration with the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section
Patient empowerment is growing and continues to shape how health care is being delivered. Three important factors are driving the behaviours of the more informed healthcare consumer: the rise of digital health, a shift in attitude around the patient-provider relationship, and cost constraints
Framing patients as consumers is a new development that reflects their growing involvement in health care: Patients receive care while customers make choices. Engaged patients follow treatment regimens from their physicians, but engaged consumers are responsible for their health status and associated costs. An empowered healthcare consumer has the knowledge, ability, resources and motivation to identify and make healthy choices.
As health care shifts to a truly patient-centred model ― from the century of the physician to the century of the patient — healthcare professionals are seeing the importance of helping people take a more active role in their own health care. With a little help, consumers can learn how to manage their diabetes, their children’s asthma or how to navigate the complexities of cancer care.
Trying to keep track of the numerous medicines and therapies that are prescribed can be a daunting task for a patient, especially for those with low health literacy. It is imperative that each healthcare professional is able to have the patient share in the decision making on what will work best for them to increase the chance that they will participate in keeping themselves healthy.
Together as a team of providers, patients and caregivers, we can make a difference to improve the quality of each patient’s life. We can motivate one another and empower our patients and their caregivers with constant education, clinical reminders, guidance from best practices and team efforts to make their health journeys, in order to help them achieve their heath goals and improve their quality of life.
14:30 – 14:35 Introduction by the chairs
15:50 – 16:10 Coffee/tea break
17:20 – 17:25 Conclusion by the chairs
17:25 – 17:30 Room refresh
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Type of session: Knowledge-based