John has co-authored a very timely, important and intriguing new paper in The Expert Review of Pharmaceoeconomic and Outcomes Research, "Promoting patient empowerment in the healthcare system: highlighting the need for patient-centered drug policy."
Timely because it coincides with many Presidential candidates releasing their plans for revitalizing the American health care system.
Important because the paper seeks to define precisely what "empowerment" means and identify its constituent variables.
And intriguing because, well, it is.
Here's what Bridges, et al consider the "Antecedents to Empowerment" ...
* Health Literacy
* Patient Initiative
* Access to Services and Drugs
And "Activities for Empowerment" ...
* Information Sharing
* Doctor-Patient Communication
* Shared Decision Making
And, as a result, the "Outcomes of Empowerment" ...
* Health Status
* Patient Satisfaction
Here is a link to the complete article: