Patient Empowerment, Cybermedicine, and Citizen Education

  • Patrice Degoulet
  • Marius Fieschi
  • Marie-Christine Jaulent
  • Joël Ménard
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Patient empowerment can be defined as “the increasing ability of patients to actively understand, participate in, and influence their health status.”1 Increased involvement of patients in the healthcare process is one facet of a more global trend of modern societies, where citizens no longer accept being passive about decisions that concern their lives, their environment, or their country. Patient empowerment is expected to improve outcome and be cost effective.2 At the same time, consumer empowerment is likely associated with the development of technologies that perpetuate or accentuate inequalities between the literate and illiterate.3 This chapter defends the idea that health information technologies, namely telemedicine and cybermedicine, are necessary but not sufficient conditions of patient empowerment. Change in the patient-physician relationship is a logical consequence of patient empowerment and should lead to cultural changes and significant revision of education and training programs for both health professionals and citizens.


Health Information Technology Citizen Education Patient Empowerment Healthcare Process Shared Decision Model 
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  • Patrice Degoulet
  • Marius Fieschi
  • Marie-Christine Jaulent
  • Joël Ménard

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