WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC PATIENT EDUCATION?
TPE aims to help patients and their friends and family better manage their life with a chronic disease. This is a continuous process, which is an integral and permanent part of the patient's treatment.
The objectives of the TPE programmes are to teach patients to manage their disease themselves by means of:
- The acquisition and maintenance of self-care skills
- The mobilisation or acquisition of adaptation skills (learning)
TO WHICH PATIENTS IS THERAPEUTIC EDUCATION ADDRESSED?
TPE programmes are addressed to any person suffering from a chronic disease: children, teens or adults, whatever the type, stage and evolution of the disease. These TPE programmes may also concern friends and relatives if they so wish and if the patient wishes to involve them in the management of the disease.
HOW DOES A TPE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Before taking part in a TPE programme, you will first go through an individual interview with a caregiver trained in TPE. This interview will help assess what you know about your disease and your treatment and identify what your needs and expectations are with regards to TPE.
Suitable activities, in the form of workshops, are offered. Most often, TPE workshops take place in small groups in order to favour discussion and the sharing of experiences between peers. Programmes are personalised and regularly updated.