ArticleEmpowerment as Treatment and the Role of Health ProfessionalsPowers, Penny RN, PhDAuthor Information From the South Dakota State University College of Nursing, Brookings, SD. Corresponding author: Penny Powers, RN, PhD, South Dakota State University College of Nursing, Box 2275, Brookings, SD 57007-0098 (e-mail: [email protected]). Advances in Nursing Science: July 2003 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 227-237 Buy Abstract This article argues that the concept of empowerment has been co-opted by health professionals and redefined as an intervention to produce compliance. Patients are considered empowered by health professionals only if they make the correct choices as defined by the health care provider. Patients are not informed about all possible choices and are not free to make their own choices for their own reasons. Empowerment is a coercive strategy that is justified by its outcomes and creates dependent populations. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.