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Exploring patient empowerment : presenting an enhanced model for delivery in practice

Akeel, Aisha Umar


Aisha Umar Akeel



Patient empowerment evolved as a strategy to address multi-faceted healthcare management issues. Studies over the past decades have provided different patient empowerment frameworks, but even with the emergent frameworks, there is no marked desired result. To date there has been no reliable patient empowerment. This thesis is driven by the ambition to enable greater patient empowerment in our global healthcare services.

The methodological approach adopted was a mixed methodology approach based on taxonomical analysis, questionnaire study and focus group discussions. To better understand a patient empowered system, this work explored empowerment, patient empowerment and the role of technology. The thesis built through critical analysis on the knowledge of existing patient empowerment frameworks coupled with technology practice to develop an improved patient empowered system. Through review of existing frameworks and articulation of patients’ demands, weaknesses in current structures to support empowerment are determined.

This thesis provides a platform for articulating an improved patient empowerment model, which considered systems theory ideas such as holism and iteration. Further research would propose implementing a trail of this model in practice and exploring with a wider range of stakeholders its potential for integration in the NHS or other health service organisations.


Akeel, A. U. (2018). Exploring patient empowerment : presenting an enhanced model for delivery in practice. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Dec 3, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2023
Keywords Digital media
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Additional Information Department of Digital Media, The University of Hull
Award Date Jun 1, 2018


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