In an article in today’s Straits Times, Dr Mark Chan wrote about ‘activated’ patients and families, who care to learn more about their medical conditions and take charge of their health. “Activation refers essentially to having the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage one’s health in such a way as to improve one’s health-related outcomes”.
Dr Chan mentions significant problems to achieving this approach, including doctors’ lack of time, necessary skills to empower patient, and supporting healthcare framework. All very real and true.
Perhaps technology could be a way to facilitate these processes. This means providing patients with easily accessible information and resources (e.g. online). Another way is to facilitate communication between patients, families and caregivers. We hope that IUVO notes can help fill this gap.