Patient Empowerment Through Social Media

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Authors: Bond, C.S., Merolli, M. and Ahmed, O.H.

Pages: 10-26

ISBN: 9780128095485

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809269-9.00002-5

� 2016 All rights reserved. Patient empowerment is a healthcare model centered around patients developing the capacity to take responsibility for their own health. This approach is most usually linked to people living with long-term conditions (LTCs). This chapter discusses development in this approach including the therapeutic affordances of social media in LTC management, how it has been used to support an acute condition-sports concussion, and the emerging peer-to-peer healthcare approach.It concludes by discussing that new social media platforms will bring new functionality. It stresses the importance of both healthcare professionals and healthcare innovators understanding how patients are using these platforms, and for them to work together with patients to harness their power to improve quality of life through assisting the recovery from short-term conditions and supporting the management of long-term conditions.

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