New Delhi: Health experts have announced the launch of Partnership to Empower Patients (PEP), a coalition of provider and patient groups, urging policymakers to make patient-centric decisions and create a health care system that patients need and deserve. Members of the advocacy group, which includes prominent medical practitioners and representatives of patient groups and health alliances, aim at improving and promoting patient empowerment and information, thus reducing health inequalities.
Identifying the low levels of patient engagement in health care decision making and having an informed choice, the alliance has been formed to bring together relevant stakeholders to facilitate inclusion of patient perspective in policy narrative to ensure “Right to Health” through representation in advisory and technical groups.
Partnership to Empower Patients (PEP) is an initiative led by Aman Gupta, a public health and advocacy expert. The Group would advocate on behalf of the patient community at large and draw attention of the regulatory bodies and policy makers so that patients, in consultation with their physicians, are offered a greater and informed choice.
Driven by the cause, Aman Gupta, Convenor, PEP said, “India is amidst a revolution in health care with a growing awareness on health care rights among patients. Sustained efforts to ensure patient empowerment and engagement are crucial to accomplish the goal of universal health coverage. The government should adopt a people-centered, integrated health care approach that is focused and organized around the overall health needs of people for building an ecosystem that is well equipped to provide comprehensive health care to all. I hope that through the collaborative efforts of all the esteemed experts, we are able to lay the foundation of a healthier and involved patient community.”
Patient-centred care increases value, as it produces healing relationships that patients want, need, and expect.