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Enhanced recovery – How much can patients be involved in their care?

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Cottle S, Lewis W (2013) Patient involvement in enhanced recovery. Nursing Times; 109: 13, 24-25.

“There are proven benefits of encouraging patients to play a more active role and take responsibility for their recuperation after all surgical procedures. This article explores the concept of enhanced recovery and the development of tools to support patients and health professionals in using an enhanced recovery pathway.”

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  • According to the article, patients are often unaware of how they can be involved in their recovery. How can you encourage your patients to play an active role?
  • What benefits have you found in involving patients in their care?
  • How can you motivate a patient to participate?
  • Is it always appropriate for patients to be actively involved in their care and recovery?
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