The Empowered Patient Coalition provides resources enabling patients to take control of their medical treatments.


Hospital Guide For Patients and Families

New Edition - Now Available as a FREE Download
The Empowered Patient® Hospital Guidefree hostpital guide
For Patients and Families

This guide is designed to help patients and families prepare for the issues involved in hospital care.

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The Empowered Patient® Journal

The Empowered Patient® Journalfree patient journal
A Companion Journal for the Hospital Guide For Patients and Families

The Patient Journal is made up of a series of custom forms designed to assist you in organizing your medical information and your own observations.

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Pocket Guides

Our Most User-Friendly Publications to Use During Your Medical Care
The Empowered Patient® Pocket Guides

Empowered Patient Pocket Guides are portable reference tools to assist patients in participating in their medical care. Accordion-fold booklets the size of a smartphone provide the practical information patients and caregivers need - right at their fingertips.

The guides use short bullet point lists on specific subjects and are easy to read and understand. The first three guides in the series have been released – “An Accurate Diagnosis,” “Preparing for Surgery,” and “Preventing Infections in the Hospital.”

Sample pages are shown below. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for ordering or licensing information.

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Quick Reference Guide - Factsheets & Checklists

The Quick Reference Guide fact sheets and checklists give patients the specific tools, resources and questions they need to become capable and confident members of their healthcare teams.

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Free Fact Sheets


Download over 30 FREE fact sheets from the Empowered Patient Coalition. Click Here.


Patient Participation Forms

The following forms are tools for patients, family members, and caregivers to use to prepare for health care encounters, to fully participate in their visits, and to keep track of important information during hospitalization.

Please print the appropriate form, fill in the information, and share with your providers. Use the back of each for additional notes and keep a copy for your own personal health record.  Click Here.


Your 1, 3, 6, 12 Month Plan to Becoming an Empowered Patient

cover 12 month planA year-long plan to start patients and their advocates on the right path to high-quality information and true patient-centered care. The plan includes our customized chart for understanding the hospital hierarchy.

Your 1-3-6-12-Month Plan to Becoming an Empowered Patient

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The Empowered Patient

The Empowered Patient is a 50,000-word book that enables patients and their loved ones to successfully navigate complex medical delivery systems. The book's goal is to encourage, embolden and enlighten medical consumers and their advocates to proactively participate in their own medical treatment, which the author hopes will lead the health care community into an era of increased safety and accountability. Ten chapters focus on numerous patients' rights and patient safety issues. Each chapter identifies a different health care issue and provides easily comprehensible and very specific strategies to empower all medical care recipients. A majority of the guidelines in the book were regularly used by the author during her daughter's many hospitalizations over a 10-year period.

All proceeds support the efforts of the coalition.

Buy Book  Buy The Empowered Patent - $25.95