Taking control and becoming empowered: the MS expert patient

Written by Trishna Bharadia

The term ‘expert patient’ has been around for approximately 20 years. Its first appearance was in a report presented in 1999 to Parliament in the UK as an initiative for helping people to manage chronic illness [1]. In this context, expert patients are people living with chronic conditions who can take greater control of their health through understanding and managing their illnesses, which can lead to better quality of life [2]. In 2004, the BMJ published an article titled “Expert Patient – dream or nightmare?” looking at the way the medical profession viewed the development of these expert patients [3]....

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