Participating or hindering?

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot,” Albert Einstein once said.

What Einstein was referring to remains the subject of debate but it doesn’t take a genius to apply the observation to the growing movement of patient empowerment — the drive for patients to be proactive in their healthcare decisions.

At one end of the continuum we have an increasingly educated, technically competent and innovative body of patients, keen to depart from a perceived established order that doctors hold all