Dr. Leigh Boehmer: Why Is It Important for You to Empower Patients?
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How can healthcare providers help with patient empowerment? Expert Dr. Leigh Boehmer from Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) shares her perspective about patient empowerment and methods they have used at ACCC to help empower patients.
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Dr. Leigh Boehmer:
At ACCC, we’ve made a commitment to including patients and patient advocates in all of our ongoing educational initiatives, we no longer want to create or disseminate resources that weren’t first designed and vetted within communities for which they’re being built, and we also believe in rooting all of our work in health equity. Because all people deserve to be offered safe and effective cancer care, and I think…I feel so passionate about patient empowerment because I identify as a cancer survivor myself, I have my own patient story, and, unfortunately, cancer has touched the lives of so many across the globe, and so I advocate for recognizing patients and caregivers as vital components of any care delivery team, and I think it’s so critical because to be honest, we’re always going to be stronger together.