Current perspectives on patient education in the US

Patient Educ Couns. 2001 Jul;44(1):79-86. doi: 10.1016/s0738-3991(01)00108-2.


Patient education has evolved from its medically-dominated and narrow origin in patient teaching to support of patient empowerment in interpersonal, organizational, and policy domains relevant to health. This essay reflects on both the historical and contemporary context of patient education in the US and explores implications of the empowerment movement on new initiatives and directions in patient education. By using diabetes education as an exemplar, innovations in patient activation and empowerment are explored and future directions and challenges to the field are considered.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy
  • Educational Status
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic / history
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Patient Participation
  • Patient Rights
  • Power, Psychological
  • Self Care
  • United States