Empowerment in nursing : paternalism or maternalism?

Christensen, Martin & Hewitt-Taylor, Jaqui (2006) Empowerment in nursing : paternalism or maternalism? British Journal of Nursing, 15(13), pp. 695-699.

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The aim of this article is to explore whether patient empowerment flourishes in the wake of current health reforms or if there is a power struggle between nursing and medicine as to what is in the patients' best interest. Shifting the balance of power from healthcare professionals to patients has become a key element of healthcare policy in England. The RCN's definition of nursing places patient empowerment as a central remit of nurses. However, achieving genuine patient empowerment is not easy and requires individuals and organizations to alter their beliefs, values and behaviours. To empower patients nurses must be in a position to share power and this may require a realignment of the traditional power base within health care. Although empowerment is often viewed on a one-to-one level between professionals and patients, for true patient empowerment to occur, issues of power and control must also be addressed at a national and political level.

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ID Code: 68987
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Patients, Empowerment, Patient focused care
ISSN: 0966-0461
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2014 01:30
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2014 01:30

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