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Topic 4 DQ 1 Reply to Lauren

In the past patients were seen as passive participants in their health care (Ong et al., 1995), the patient did not play an active role, and was not expected to, instead follow the recommendations as given by the health professional (Falvo, 2011). Also, patients used to be left in the dark about their health care issues and treatment, as not to worry them. However, the approach is much different now, patients play an active participating role in their own health and treatment, through a patient-centered approach. Studies in patient adherence showed that many formerly held beliefs about patients, and giving patients information about their condition and treatment were in error, so health professionals started to realize if information was conveyed properly, it could help patients understand explanations and increase their recall of information (Falov, 2011). When patient teaching, is done properly it can actually save the health professionals time, by decreasing unnecessary phone calls and return visits, also when patients are well-informed they are less anxious, as they know what to expect (Falvo, 2011). Over time patients have increased their role in their health care, which produces a collaborative approach between the patient and health professional, which allows for issues and barriers to be identified and resolved, thus increasing adherence to recommendations.


Falvo, D. (2011). Effective Patient Education: A Guide To Increased Adherence. Retrieved from

Topic 4 DQ 1 Reply to Debra

Since 1978 the World Health Organization has promoted a concept of partnership between patients and healthcare professionals. It should be a relationship with equal power sharing and negotiation. In the past the patient was a passive recipient of healthcare information and the healthcare professional was deemed the authority of the final decisions. It was believed providing too much information to the patient would confuse them, increase stress or worry. It was often thought that it was the job of the healthcare professional to provide the care since they are the ones with the knowledge and expertise and what the patient did not know could not hurt them(Falvo, 2011).

With the advancement in media, internet and other sources patients have been losing faith in the healthcare profession. They prove to want and need more information about their health. Care today has become patient-centered which incorporates patient’s wishes, active participation in care and decision making. It is a collaboration between the patient and healthcare professional. Patients now assume increased responsibility for their health outcomes. This increases the patients sense of control and confidence which is linked to increased quality of care, satisfaction and patient adherence(Falvo, 2011).


Falvo, D. R. (2011). 9,12-13. In Effective patient education a guide to increased adherence(4th ed. (pp. 221-250,297-361). Retrieved from