Next EPE programme meetings:

  • Tuesday 23.11. 12:00 (incl. Research seminar)
  • Tuesday 21.12. 14:00

If you did not get an invitation, please contact research assistant Saija Inkeroinen (saanin(a)

Introduction to the results of the study on patients with chronic kidney disease published

In the latest issue of Elinehto journal by the Finnish Kidney and Liver Association, the results of the study on patients in dialysis care and their knowledge processed in patient education were summarized. The online version of the issue is open access. More information about the study can be found here.

A new article about an empowering educational nursing intervention

Tuominen and others published a research protocol article about a study assessing whether nurse-led empowering education using the teach-back method is effective on self-care activity among patients with colorectal cancer. The article can be accessed here. The article is part of research on the effectiveness of empowering patient education of patients with colorectal cancer.

Greetings from an online conference

Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi and doctoral candidate Saija Inkeroinen participated in the 24th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference on 16.-18.6. online. Professor Leino-Kilpi was a speaker in the opening session of the second day, called “Symposium: Nursing philosophy in the Nordic context”. As for Saija, she presented a poster discussing inequity in the realization of patients’ right to know which is part of patients’ right to know research.

A new article about knowledge of patients in dialysis care is published

An EPE research team studying patient education of patients with chronic kidney disease has published a new article. Based on the article, it seems that patients’ knowledge, either subjective or objective, is not sufficient. The article is open access and can be read here.

EPE Theme Day was organized today

Today was the very first Empowering Patient Education Day on Zoom.  Theme of the day was Patients’ empowering knowledge – Research knowledge for patient education. The theme was approached from several perspectives: different patient groups, empowering patient education competence, patients’ experiences, and material and methods. Warm thanks to all speakers and participants!

EPE presentation

PhD Heli Virtanen was a speaker in the Cardiovascular nurses’ webinar on 26 April. She had a presentation about remote empowering patient education from the perspective of cardiovascular nursing.

Application time for the EPE Course 2021 is now open

Annual, award-winning EMPOWERING PATIENT EDUCATION (EPE) COURSE 2021 is now accepting participants. EPE course (25 ECTS) is targeted at master and PhD students in Nursing/Health Sciences (for free) and Advanced Practice Nurses (500 €).

EPE course is organized online in 2 parts (including 5 flexible study modules) from 6 September to 10 December 2021. This is a great opportunity to learn about empowerment and empowering patient education, to make international contacts, and support your development in health care practice, management, and research.

Please register here by 15 August 2021. Warmly welcome to the EPE Course 2021!

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EPE Theme Day on 10 May 2021

Welcome to the very first EPE Theme Day: Potilasohjauksen teemapäivä: Tieto potilaan voimavarana – Tutkimustietoa potilasohjaukseen We are proud to present a great variety of speakers from the field of patient education and health promotion. The theme day is held online via Zoom in Finnish. The day is open and free for everyone. Please register here by 7 May. Welcome!

A new article about adolescents’ mental wellbeing is published
Pinja Kokkonen et al. report that worse family relations and belonging to a perceived minority due to appearance, sexual orientation, and/or chronic disease were associated with worse mental wellbeing. You can read the full article here. This study is part of Adolescents mental health need assessment in the community by principal investigator Evanthia Sakellari.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Today we had the last EPE meeting of the year. We had a pre-Christmas party and we celebrated our 2020 achievements.  We would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Thanks to all the participants of EPE Course 2020

The final, intensive module of Empowering Patient Education (EPE) Course 2020 ended today. We thank all the participants and speakers of the course. We are looking forward to your achievements in the field of empowering patient education and hopefully we have a possibility to collaborate in future projects.

Registration for the next EPE Course will begin the next summer 2021.

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Welcome to the pre-Christmas party on 15.12.

We will have an online pre-Christmas party via Zoom on 15.12.2020 at 14:00. Bring your own santa hats and mulled wine (glögi) with you. If you have not received an invitation, but you would like to join, please send an e-mail to research assistant Saija (saanin(a) New bachelor students are warmly welcome!

Our article was Editor’s Recommendation in the latest issue of Nursing & Health Sciences

The editor of Nursing & Health Sciences journal has chosen EPE article as Editor’s Recommendation in their latest issue. The article is based on research about patient education of patients with chronic kidney disease. It shows that sufficiency and usefulness have a strong correlative relationship, suggesting implications in the evaluation of patient education. The research was conducted in cooperation with the Department of Nursing Science (University of Turku), Turku University Hospital, and Helsinki University Hospital.

Article about the EKhp and RKhp instruments is published

Long-awaited article by Leino-Kilpi et al. about the Expected Knowledge (EKhp) and Received Knowledge of Hospital Patients (RKhp) instruments has been published as an open-access article. Ekhp and RKhp have been developed in relation to EPE, to measure empowering knowledge of patients. These instruments have been in wide use, and now their psychometrics have been evaluated with international data. The article can be accessed here. If you are interested in the instruments, you can apply for permission to use them.

A new article is published!

Results show that patients undergoing elective knee or hip replacement surgery for osteoarthritis improve their emotional status during hospitalization, with fewer negative emotions at discharge. You can find the article here: This study was part of the international Empowering Surgical Orthopaedic Patients through Education project in EPE.

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Welcome to EPE course 2020!

Annual, award-winning EMPOWERING PATIENT EDUCATION (EPE) COURSE 2020 is now accepting participants. EPE course (25 ECTS) is targeted for master and PhD students in Nursing/Health Sciences and Advanced Practice Nurses. More information:
What’s new?
EPE course 2020 goes fully online! We wanted to make it possible for everyone from all over the world to join the entire course. Flexible learning is organized in 5 online modules from 31st August to 11th December 2020.
Registration is now open: (deadline 15th August). Price for the course is 500 €. Course is free of charge for students in Master or PhD programmes.
– Enhance your understanding about empowerment and empowering patient education
– Gain skills to apply the concepts and methods of empowering patient education to your clinical work or research
– Lecturers are experienced researchers and experts in the field of empowering patient education
– Meet students, health care professionals and researchers online from different fields of health care and health sciences
– Gain confidence in communicating in English with people all over the world
Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland warmly welcomes you to the EPE course 2020!


Last EPE meeting of this extraordinary academic year of 2019–2020 was held yesterday. EPE research programme would like to wish everyone a happy summer. See you in autumn semester!


EPE has made it to the headlines. Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi was interviewed and the importance of past and ongoing research in EPE was discussed in article by Hospital District of Southwest Finland. Furthermore, Mediuutiset highlighted research of EPE in their article about research and their funding in Hospital District of Southwest Finland.

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Next EPE meetings (17.3. and 2.4.) and Patient Education Theme Day (27.4.) are cancelled due to the situation with corona virus (COVID-19). Apologies for the inconvenience. If you need any kind of help, you can always contact research assistant Saija (saanin(a) or your supervisor.


A brand new theme day, Potilasohjauksen teemapäivä: Tieto potilaan voimavarana – Tutkimustietoa potilasohjaukseen (Patient Education Theme Day), will be held in 27.4.2020 in Turku, Finland (in Finnish). Programme presents excellent speakers with specialized knowledge about patient education. Theme day is free! More information available from the website or from research assistant Saija. Registration is now open. Welcome!


All bachelor and master students are encouraged to take part in testing of computer simulation of empowering patient education. More participants are needed. Instructions can be found in Moodle (Ajankohtaiset perusopiskelijoille, Uutiset, 21.1.) or in mail by Saija Inkeroinen (22.1.). Remember to fill the questionnaire after testing the simulation.


This year’s Empowering Patient Education (EPE) course (25 ECT credits) ended on 13.12.2019. Last week of the course was an intensive week in Turku, Finland, when we enjoyed seminars, Finnish food, Turku sightseeing and international company. We would like to thank every participant and lecturer who joined the course this year. Next EPE course will start in fall 2020.



MSc FangFang Zhao, a member of EPE research programme, defended her doctoral dissertation “The diabetes-related self-care activities of people with type 2 diabetes: Their level and associated factors” on 4.12.2019. Opponent was professor Eija Paavilainen (University of Tampere) and presiding official was professor Helena Leino-Kilpi (University of Turku).


The annual, award-winning course “Empowering Patient Education” is currently running!
EPE course (25 ECTS credits) is designed for master students and doctoral candidates in nursing and health sciences as well as advanced practice nurses.  It is free for master students and doctoral candidates. You can find more information from EPE course website.
Next course will take place in autumn 2020.


We would like to thank you for attending EPE2018 Symposium “Visualizing the Innovations of Empowering Patient Education.” We hope you had fun, and look forward to seeing you in future events. Thank you!