We’re in the "me age." The age of the individual. The age of the consumer. Healthcare and healthcare information technology (IT) communities are not immune to this shift. There is a growing realization in the arena that care needs to be more patient-centric and patient empowering.
In the behavioral healthcare space, this is called the Recovery Movement. "Recovery-oriented practices," according to an article by Kendall Atterbury, are those that recognize the strengths of service users and empower them within the mental health system. … Recovery-oriented practices emphasize shared decision-making, respect for service user goals and the recognition of the full humanity of persons in care relationships" (Atterbury, 2014).
The model of the all-knowing clinician and the passive patient is coming to an end.
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