Research has found that empowered patients are more likely to manage their conditions better and follow advice and instructions given by medical professionals. Photograph: iStock

Patient empowerment is defined as a process that helps people gain control over their own lives and increases their capacity to act on issues they the(...)

Joan Jordan  is  studying at the European Patients’ Academy: ‘I think people need to know that they can report their side effects directly to the Health Products Regulatory Authority [formerly the Irish Medicines Board].’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Giving people the opportunity to fully understand their illness, its symptoms and treatment is now widely believed to help people cope better, both p(...)

Sharon and Brian Thompson with their baby, Victoria, who died of a rare disorder when she was nine months old

On the 21st and 22nd of April, 50 laypeople from more than 20 EU countries will gather in Dublin Castle to network and study at a European Patients(...)