A qualitative exploration of patient enablement in the hospital setting

Patient enablement refers to interactions between patients and health care professionals that seek to identify patients capacity to manage their health and in response to this, to enhance patients' knowledge and understanding of their unique health needs and optimise their capacity to make appropriate choices, seek appropriate help and get the health care they need. Research examining patient enablement has focussed on primary care, however insight into this key quality outcome in acute care settings is essential if we are to optimise patients' transition from hospital to the community.