School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care

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Caroline Bulsara

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Start date

Jun 2002

Submission date

Sep 2009

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Thesis

The role of empowerment in the wellbeing of cancer patients

Summary

This research focused on the role of empowerment in the wellbeing of cancer patients. There were three hypotheses postulated in this study. Firstly, that empowerment is a uniquely identifiable concept and can be measured separately from other quality of life indicators. Secondly, empowerment takes into account the way in which patients act upon their prognosis and optimise the outcomes of treatment. Finally, empowerment improves psychological outcome in patients. The benefits are increased empowerment and an active use of coping strategies amongst patients in order to regain a measure of control over their illness. The Patient Empowerment Scale was developed to measure empowerment as an individual construct. The development of a measure to identify level of empowerment amongst cancer patients entailed the identification of markers for empowerment by the patient’s use of support strategies and tailored resources. The scale was validated using the Rasch Extended Model. The research also demonstrated that there are a number of core areas which are fundamental to regaining control and increasing empowerment for patients. These core areas are linked to support mechanisms, willingness to adapt and to access resources tailored to meet their needs. Patient empowerment emerged as a key aspect of enhanced quality of life regardless of prognosis and improved psychological outlook.

Why my research is important

Patient empowerment emerged as a key aspect of enhanced quality of life regardless of prognosis and that it further improved psychological outlook.


 

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