"Citizen and Community Empowerment in Health Care: a Framework for Analyzing Challenges in Empowerment Practice"
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Citizen and Community Empowerment in Health Care: a Framework for Analyzing Challenges in Empowerment Practice
This paper proposes a conceptual framework for analyzing challenges in empowerment practices in health care. Powers of individuals and communities concerned with health care include individuals' and communities' abilities of controlling their health as well as authorities of decision-making on resource allocation in health care. Empowerment in health care has at least psychological, social, and political dimensions. Challenges in empowerment practices should be analyzed in clinical, organizational, and political levels, respectively.
Keywords: health care, citizen empowerment, community empowerment, empowerment practice