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There has been a shift in the way healthcare works. The relationship between healthcare professionals and their patients is changing. With more access to information and a desire to be involved, patients have become empowered and it's redefining how we understand the healthcare system. Become empowered by learning more about your health and download our Guide to Understanding Pain. 

Patients are taking an active role in their healthcare.

More and more patients want to be involved in their healthcare. Patients will come to appointments with clear questions, be involved in their care plan, and adhere to the recommended tests and treatments. Patients no longer wait for healthcare professionals to pull out information with probing questions. Patients are actively asking questions, seeking answers, and getting involved.

Patients are educating themselves.

In the information age, patients have more access to educational material online and can arrive at appointments more informed as a result. With websites like WebMD more patients are self-diagnosing, which can actually pose as a problem to healthcare professionals. If a patient is presenting inaccurate facts, it is important for their doctor to address misinformation.

Patients are becoming aware of their rights.

Healthcare organizations have started developing statements about patient rights and patient responsibilities. These rights often relate to respect, privacy, confidentiality, and standards of care. Patients also feel more entitled to be a part of the decision process in their treatments. This is a positive movement that indicates patients aren't afraid to demand nothing less than their rights.

Patients want more time.

Many individuals are familiar with sitting hours in a  waiting room, only to be ushered out of the doctor's office in less than 5 minutes. Patients want timely access to healthcare so that their needs feel addressed. According to The Health Council of Canada, the biggest barrier reported by patients was time. Patients deserve sufficient time with their doctors.

Patients have online support.

As mentioned, there are a growing number of websites that detail symptoms, suggest treatments, allow patients to chat with one another, access online health records, and more. Electronic communication is changing healthcare and professionals must learn to adapt to this change.

Patients have better conversations with doctors.

With knowledge comes power. When patients are more knowledgeable about their condition and needs, they can better express this to their healthcare professional. In the end, the improved communication can enhance time efficiency and be mutually beneficial for both parties.

Patients are happier with their healthcare.

The Health Council of Canada released a report that found engaged patients to be happier with their care. This is because of their likeliness to participate in disease prevention, screenings, and health promotion activities. When patients take an interest in their health, they end up healthier and happier as a result.

Become an Empowered Patient

Become actively engaged in your own health. Stay curious, stay informed, and stay diligent when it comes to your healthcare. If you are concerned for you health, or simply want to better manage your healthy lifestyle seek a professional and find answers to your lingering questions. Become an engaged patient when you keep up your health with easy at-home treatments. Check out DR-HO'S Pain Relief Products to find solutions today >> 


  1. CMPA. "The engaged and empowered patient." 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  2. Health Council of Canada. "How Engaged are Canadians in their Primary Care?" September 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  3. Health Council of Canada. "Turning what we know into action: A commentary on the National Symposium on Patient Engagement." 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
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