What are some ways for cancer patients to be empowered by experts? Dr. Rafael Santana-Davila with the University of Washington School of Medicine shares his perspective and benefits of patient empowerment.
Dr. Rafael Santana-Davila:
An empowered patient is a patient that does better, because they know what’s going on. They have a better understanding of the disease. They’re better engaged. So how do you empower your patients? It’s a very difficult question to answer, because I don’t think that there’s a recipe to do this. And every patient is different. But what I try to do is to educate patients and know that these are hard conversations that a lot of it is going to be over their head. So you have to do a lot of re-education. And when I say over their heads, I’m not meaning that they are not smart enough to get it, it’s just they’re going through a lot. So you have to be simple with them. You have to meet them where they are and just do a lot of re-education and talking about the things that you think you’ve talked about, but many times they were thinking about something else, and they didn’t get it.