The Best of 2017

The Best of 2017

As 2018 begins, we would like to take a moment to highlight the top 10 most popular posts from 2017 and to thank the people who contributed to the popularity of these posts. We cannot thank the authors enough that have contributed, such as Marie Ennis-O’Connor and Jennifer Lessinger. Your efforts to Patient Empowerment Network are greatly appreciated.

How to Read and Understand A Scientific Paper

This guide will teach you how to read a scientific research paper so that you can come to an informed opinion on the latest research.

Presentation Tips for Patient Advocates: Developing Effective Speaking Skills

As a patient advocate you may be invited to speak in public about your cause, and while some of you will relish this opportunity, many others will find it daunting. If you follow this step-by-step guide it will help you to help you become a more confident, prepared, and persuasive speaker.

How to Weigh Up the Benefits and Risks of Treatment…And Why It’s Important That You Do

This blog explores the question, “Do clinicians have accurate expectations of the benefits and harms of treatments and screening tests?”

Mapping the Patient Information Journey

Health information needs to change as you move along the patient pathway and research has shown that access to the right information at the right time delivered in the right way leads to an increase in a patient’s desire and ability to have a more active role in decision-making.

How to Cope With Cancer-Related Fatigue

Marie describes cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and six different ways for patients to manage it.

Patient Profile: Elizabeth Carswell

Elizabeth Carswell’s story of AML and how her child keeps her going is shared in this patient profile.

What Not to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

Inspired by an Empowered #patientchat, Jennifer Lessinger put together a list of the most common comments patients hear and why you shouldn’t say them.

The Advocate’s Guide to Reporting Live from Conferences and Events

Marie shares her guidelines and tips for preparing to report live from your next conference or event.


This blog discusses how a diagnosis and cancer can affect your relationships.

Patient Advocacy: Ten Tactics for Mastering Social Media Success

Here are ten tactics you can use to master social media, make your cause better known, and grow your online influence.