An Analysis of the Concept of Patient Participation

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  • Monika J. M. Sahlsten PhD, MSc Nursing, BSc Health Service Adm., RN,

    1. Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden
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  • Inga E. Larsson MSc Nursing, BSc Health Service Adm., RN,

    1. Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden, and a Lecturer at the Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden
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  • Björn Sjöström PhD, RN,

    1. School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden
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  • Kaety A. E. Plos PhD, BSc

    1. Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden
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  • Monika J. M. Sahlsten, PhD, MSc Nursing, BSc Health Service Adm., RN, is at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden; Inga E. Larsson, MSc Nursing, BSc Health Service Adm., RN, is a doctoral student at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden, and a Lecturer at the Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden; Björn Sjöström, PhD, RN, is Professor at the School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden; and Kaety A. E. Plos, PhD, BSc, is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.

Author contact: monika.sahlsten@swipnet.se, with a copy to the Editor: nursingforum@gmail.com

Abstract

The concept of patient participation has an array of interpretations and lacks clarity. The purpose of this article is to explore the concept of patient participation within the context of nursing practice. The method described by Walker and Avant (1995) is used. The critical attributes of the concept are identified. Formation of model, borderline, and contrary cases exemplifies key characteristics. Antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents presented allow for further refinement of the key attributes defining the concept. Patient participation in nursing practice can be defined as an established relationship between nurse and patient, a surrendering of some power or control by the nurse, shared information and knowledge, and active engagement together in intellectual and/or physical activities.

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