The patients voice - empowerment in a psychiatric context


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Vård i Norden;31 (3)


Sygeplejerskernes samarbejde i Norden

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The aim of the study was to gain knowledge of the patients’ views and experiences of the principles of empowerment in a psychiatric context. Qualitative content analysis was used to interpret the meaning of the patients’ views and experiences based on focus group interviews. The findings and interpretations revealed three main themes; possibilities and presuppositions for participation, the system influences the empowerment process and collaboration along a continuum of power between empowerment and powerlessness. The findings and interpretations give voice to the patients and allow their concerns to be raised. The need for further research regarding the system’s influence on empowerment, power and cooperation is apparent both from the patients’ and the professionals’ perspective


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