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Patient Empowerment involves active participation by the patient working in partnership with a healthcare team to receive the best care.

Patient empowerment begins with leaning about one’s own illness or condition, and participating in treatment decisions. It continues as a process, first by keeping a full and comprehensive record of one’s own medical history. Diagnosis, treatments, and medications are tracked by the patient, as well as symptoms and treatment side effects.

Through the process of patient empowerment, patients openly communicate with their healthcare team, contributing to the whole picture and individualizing care. In doing so, physicians are encouraged and enabled to provide optimal care in partnership with their patients.


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Hi, I'm NuyakaDi
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Hi, I'm June
That is a very true statement. I know that it is hard for many of us who are on the journey to find the energy to do the research. I am still learning things 1 year out from diagnosis. Find out ...
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Hi, I'm Lorraine
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I have 1 question, is anybody still loosing their hair after 2 1/2 yrs. of chemo, my hair started thinning a couple of months ago, my Doc. seems to think it is still the chemo, For ovarian stage 3 ...
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