Patient empowerment and involvement in telemedicine

Bidragets oversatte titel: Patient empowerment og involvering i telemedicin

Marie Konge Nielsen, Helle Johannessen

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Introduction and objective: Telemedicine is rapidly expanding, and this article discusses the implications of patient empowerment and user involvement in telemedicine in relation to frail patients.
Methods: We present the basic ideas of empowerment and user involvement behind telemedicine, exemplifying them with a case of user resistance to telemedicine. Four logics of empowerment are employed to identify the underlying rationale in specific cases of telemedicine.
Results: Telemedicine is often considered a way to increase empowerment and user involvement in healthcare. The majority of the geriatric patients in the described case refused to engage in telemedicine, preferring instead to be hospitalized. The case appeared to be driven primarily by a professional logic of empowerment.
Discussion: User involvement and empowerment are discussed in terms of their demands and implication for users, such as intrusion on the private sphere and the responsibility for treatment, as well as expectations that the capabilities and resources of patients and relatives may increase.
Conclusion: Although telemedicine is acknowledged as relevant, a mechanical approach too often hampers empowerment for the patient. Some patient groups may not feel safe using telemedicine, in which case user involvement and empowerment are not possible.
Bidragets oversatte titelPatient empowerment og involvering i telemedicin
TidsskriftJournal of Nursing Education and Practice
Udgave nummer8
Sider (fra-til)54-58
StatusUdgivet - 2019


  • Telemedicine, patient empowerment, user involvement, frail patients

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