First European Conference on Patient Empowerment - living with chronic disease

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Increased access to information and knowledge, social media, self-management programmes, new legal requirements for patient involvement, reorganization of health care systems, new technologies – all contribute to a new dynamic where patients and citizens are redefining their role in living with chronic disease.

The First European Conference on Patient Empowerment took place on 11-12 April 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark to address how patient and citizen empowerment can contribute to the future of health and social care in Europe.

The conference was organized in close technical collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe under the auspices of the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union – the Danish Ministry of Health, the National Board of Health, Danish Committee for Health Education, Careum Foundation Switzerland and Expert Patient Programme, England.