Patient empowerment is a vital part of the patient experience. Ovarian cancer expert Dr. Ebony Hoskins from MedStar Health shares her methods for moving her patients to empowerment and her reasoning for her different empowerment methods.
I empower my patients by, number one, educating them on their diagnosis and providing information regarding any treatment options side effects. So one, education. The second thing, how I empower my patients is allowing them to ask questions, whether they think it’s an easy question or a hard question. So having an open discussion about what…
I empower my patients by educating them on their diagnosis, the treatment options, side effects. So number one, education. Number two, I think we need to have an open communication. So allowing them to ask questions, whether they think it’s an easy or a hard question. And another part of empowerment is making sure they have another set of ears. Sometimes the shock and awe of a diagnosis, they can’t hear everything that you say.
So having either a close family member or a friend that’s there for a visit that can kind of help advocate for them and also be a second pair of ears. I think it’s all important in terms of having a good trusting relationship to empower our patients, to let them know that they are involved in the process and also know that they have a trusting doctor that they can rely on for their care going forward.