To provide emotional support and accurate information to people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), as well as their families, loved ones, friends and caregivers.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY is a patient driven organisation supporting and facilitating services to all persons with MS, their families and carers.
MSSA speaks out, lobbies and advocates on behalf of the patient, with access to treatment and support being the biggest challenge.
The ultimate goal is to make information available to everybody living with this incurable and debilitating disease, and their loved ones, too.
What it means to be an Empowered Patient?
The term "patient empowerment" is among the top buzzwords in health care circles, but as with many buzzwords, they can mean different things to different people.
The term is most used to emphasize the value of having patients assert greater control over their health and health care.
WHO defines empowerment as "a process through which people gain greater control over decisions and actions affecting their health" (WHO 1998).
This shift is due in large part to the use of technology that facilitates increased patient access to information via the internet, peer-to-peer sharing, consumer health devices and mobile apps.
Information is fundamental to the process of patient empowerment.
This transfer of knowledge is crucial to the empowerment process.
At the first point of contact with the patient education on how, what, why, where and when in relation to a condition or medication should be talked through fully. All other tools (digital, leaflets etc.) should come after the conversation which is key to empowerment, that is the conversation that happens between a patient and clinician to reach a healthcare choice together.
Perhaps the term "participation" (which is a more active state) is preferable? This distinction is important because empowerment cannot be imposed "top down" (although it can be facilitated).
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