Aim: This review of the literature aimed to establish current understandings of empowerment and how they may relate to the care of people living with ESRD. Methods: A search, selection, analysis and review of nursing, medical, social work and psychological literature was performed. Six concept analyses and fourteen primary research articles met the selection criteria. Results: Seven major elements of the concept of empowerment were found: self-determination, partnership, effective communication, goal setting, socio- political awareness, a caring environment and construction of knowledge. Empowerment in nursing and nursing education requires nurses and nursing students to have an increased understanding of the socio-political framework from which they operate on a daily basis. Empowerment of patients in non-renal settings focuses mainly on self-determination and the patient's ultimate right to decision making in their own care. Empowerment of patients with ESRD has also focussed on self-determination. No study incorporated all seven proposed elements of the concept of empowerment. Conclusion: Future research studies on the role of empowerment in the care of people with ESRD should investigate all elements of the concept of empowerment to provide a total picture of their views on this aspect of care to inform nursing practice.
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Field of Research
110312 Nephrology and Urology
Socio Economic Objective
920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified
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