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European Coalition on Homeopathic & Anthroposophic Medicinal Products


Patient empowerment and patient-centredness

Patients increasingly take charge of their own healthcare and healthcare options. The traditional ‘doctor knows best’ adagio is increasingly losing ground across the EU. This trend is also reflected at EU policy level, as demonstrated by the European Commission’s 2008 'Europe for patients' initiative, intended to provide a coherent framework for the Commission’s healthcare initiatives and led to ten different Communications, Papers and draft Directives on a variety of topics (patient safety, rare diseases, organ donation, patient rights).

The European Commission also supports the EMPATHiE (Empowering patients in the management of chronic diseases) project, which aimed to help understand the concept of patient empowerment as a prerequisite to exercise patient rights. EMPATHiE defines empowered patients as ‘having control over the management of their condition in daily life. They take action to improve the quality of their life and have the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and self-awareness to adjust their behaviour and to work in partnership with others where necessary, to achieve optimal well-being’.

 EMPATHiE aimed to develop a common framework of how to understand patient empowerment, consisting of three dimensions: health literacy improvement and education, shared decision making on condition management and self-management of health care.

Why is this relevant for ECHAMP?

Patient empowerment relates to increasing the patient’s voice in the healthcare. This means ensuring availability of choice of therapy. This includes catering for the increasing interest in and preference for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products. Availability of these products is a key issue in this respect.


Last updated on 14 Jun 2016