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MEPOWER – sundhedsvæsenets

ubetinget største ressource

Oplæg om vejen fra EMpower

over MEpower til WEpower

Workshops om ”De sorte huller

og uopdagede energilagre”

EMpower

EMpowerment is an overused term and means to “authorize” or “give power to”. It is used in order to counteract helplessness and dependence. EMpowerment is traditionally provided by the staff to help patients.

MEpower

On the other hand MEpower is the patients and their own power and the resources in their inner circles. It is our inner battery, and it risks losing valuable power in certain situations, especially if you are faced with unnecessary obstacles and alienating processes.

WEpower

WEpower is the collective power and strengths of the patients, their inner circles and the professionals. That means their available time, economy, education and interpersonal abilities. When WEpower is called into play, even the hardest situations can be overcome.

Identity and MEpower

Feeling like “your self” is at the center of a person’s sense of security, perspective and control. This is even more prevalent when you find yourself out of your comfort zone, for example as a patient in a hospital. Most people view themselves as independent and active citizens in their everyday life. This changes when a person is admitted as a patient in a hospital. They will often find themselves helpless and dressed in a hospital gown, which emphasizes the feeling of being powerless.

What we choose to wear is a personal choice and a strong signal to others about who we are as individuals. Should patients and employees wear their own clothes alongside each other? An encounter as equals gives a sense of connection and makes it easier to maintain and uphold one’s energy.

Time and MEpower

Time is a resource that many of us feel like we have too little of. That is also true for patients and their closest relations. They often have to take time off from work in order to get treatment. Time is particularly valuable in the case of a terminal illness. Long waiting hours at the doctor’s office, delayed test results, repeated admission interviews are all frustrating situations. There are situations in which the same information has to be given over and over, and where a visit to the hospital could have been avoided by a simple phone call. As a patient, this costs you time and drains you of MEpower.

Time and MEpower

Time is a resource that many of us feel like we have too little of. That is also true for patients and their closest relations. They often have to take time off from work in order to get treatment. Time is particularly valuable in the case of a terminal illness. Long waiting hours at the doctor’s office, delayed test results, repeated admission interviews are all frustrating situations. There are situations in which the same information has to be given over and over, and where a visit to the hospital could have been avoided by a simple phone call. As a patient, this costs you time and drains you of MEpower.

People close to you and MEpower

When someone in a family is sick, it affects everyone close to them. Some need to show support and others need to be supported. People in groups help each other and will often make a stronger unit if they can stay together. When patients and their supporters are set apart in different situations, they lose some of their collective strengths and they risk losing their MEpower.

1. 1. All people are different, that is also true when they are healthy and when they are sick. Putting everyone in the same category and treating them the same does not make sense.

2. There is also a difference in patients’ MEpower. Some patients have an extensive network. Others have none. Some patients experience a crisis during treatment while other breeze through. Some know exactly what they are capable of, while others don’t have a clue.

3. A patient’s MEpower depends on a number of variables and can fluctuate during a treatment

Green patients

These patients have a lot of MEpower, they typically know what they are capable of and when they need to contact their own doctor, health center or hospital for further assistance and guidance.

Yellow Patients

Other patients with a middle level of MEpower may need a personal contact person, in order to give them a running evaluation of the help needed. Then it can be decided if they will need to see a doctor, go to the health center or hospital.

Red patients

Patient with only a little MEpower will often have the need to visit the hospital and even be admitted. They might need help from various social and health helpers at the same time. They will need a close cooperation in order to provide the best possible treatment.

Foto: Ida Wang, Idawang.dk

Rikke Høgsted

Rikke is a psychologist and consultant with many years of experience from patient associations and the private and public health system. She has been employed as a consultant in Red Cross and PTU, advisor for Cancer treatment organization, Military psychologist in the Danish Army, Senior Psychologist in Falck Healthcare and Development manager in The Central Regions Psychiatric. Rikke also has experience with being a patient since she battled breast cancer, and as a part of a large family and circle of friends has experienced being affected by similar incidences.

EDUCATION -

Vejen fra EMpower over MEpower til WEpower

The way from Empower to MEpower to WEpower Either hire Rikke for an educational talk or a meeting where you will get insight into the theory behind MEpower and principal SPINE, which stands for Self Help, Preference, Identity, Network and Energy .

Lyt til gode historier og få inspiration fra andre afdelinger, der rundt om i landet har sat fokus på MEpower.

You will hear inspiring stories and situations from around the country where MEpower helped achieve results. A smart usage of the patients, the people affected and the professionals abilities will be able to create a strong and sustainable WEpower. Which in essence is the answer to the age old question of how we get enough resources to treat a population that lives longer and with still more diseases.

WORKSHOPS -

Downfalls and unexplored energy

In a workshop you will be able to work with patients and the people affected by their situation to explore the possible downfalls and unexplored energy sources. Where does the energy go and how does one gain energy? A workshop can be used to treat data or document knowledge and experiences, but can also be used to generate ideas.

Feel free to call or write if you have any question or just want to hear more about the possibilities.

Rikke is also certified in Lego Serious Play®, that can be utilized as a good method to break thought patterns and inspire creative group thinking. The method uses the well-known Lego universe, that through its proven technique is a fun and different way of working with change in an organization.