Next EPE programme meetings:

  • 14.2. at 12-16 (Meeting + seminar)
  • 14.3. at 14-16
  • 13.4. at 12-16 (Meeting + seminar)
  • 16.5. at 14-16
  • 12.6. at 14-16

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

A new EPE publication about patients’ right to know

In a recently published article, we reviewed the current state of research (including its quality and methods) on patients’ right to know. This is part of the research field concentrating on the theoretical basis of empowering patient education. The article is an open-access publication in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi’s career and achievements were celebrated

Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi has significantly contributed to nursing science both nationally and internationally. She is also a founder and in a key position in building the EPE research subprogram. Her career and promotion to emerita professor was celebrated in an invitation-based seminar on 16 December in Turku. The Department of Nursing Science prepared professor Leino-Kilpi a book to honour her career. The book contains a section relevant to and partly based on the EPE research. We thank professor Leino-Kilpi for creating and working on EPE and look forward to future activities.

With this news, we wish everyone happy holidays!

The final day of the intensive period concluded the EPE course 2022

The EPE course has been progressing throughout the autumn semester. Today was the final day of the intensive period, which concluded this year’s course. Thanks to all participants and speakers of the course.

The application time for the 2023 course begins in the spring semester.

Conference presentations

EPE was represented at the Advances in Health Care Sciences: Health Promotion conference in Klaipeda, Lithuania on 22 and 23 November 2022. Ethical perspective to health promotion was a keynote speech by professor Helena Leino-Kilpi (presented by professor Natalja Istomina) and research methods in patients’ right to know was a topic for oral presentation by doctoral researcher Saija Inkeroinen.

Visiting the Western Finland Cancer Center

Doctoral researcher Saija Inkeroinen, PhD Şeyda Can and planning officer Maijastiina Rekunen (from left to right)

Senior researcher in EPE, PhD Mervi Siekkinen kindly welcomed researchers in the Western Cancer Center, where she is the Head of Development. Mervi and others introduced the center and its strategic and operational administration and operations to the international visitor of the Department PhD Şeyda Can and doctoral researcher Saija Inkeroinen.

Read about the experiences of an international intern Paula

We had the pleasure to have Bachelor student Paula Kreuzer from Charité-Universitätsmedizin, Germany, complete her internship in the Empowering Patient Education (EPE) research subprogram. We will continue our cooperation with Paula with a shared research project. In the meantime, read a post about her experiences from the department’s blog.

EPE research presented internationally and in Finland

This week, there were conference presentations on EPE research both internationally and nationally. Internationally, the multidimensionality of knowledge of patients in their feedback was presented in the virtual European Nursing Congress on 4-7 October. In Finland, patients’ knowledge-related contacts with patient ombudsmen were discussed from the point of view of patient safety in Terveyssosiaalityön päivät 2022 on 7 October in Tampere.

Doctoral researcher Saija Inkeroinen at the Terveyssosiaalityön päivät 2022 in Tampere, Finland








Conference presentations at the HTTS conference

Many researchers and students from EPE participated and presented their work at the Finnish national nursing science conference, HTTS conference (XVII Kansallinen hoitotieteellinen konferenssi) on 22 and 23 September 2022 at Oulu, Finland.


Doctoral researcher Saija Inkeroinen’s and others’ e-poster about an analysis of patient feedback on good care and conveyed knowledge

Docent Heli Virtanen preparing her presentation

Researchers from the Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, who participated in the conference

Saija’s and others’ poster presentation about the EPE course


A new doctoral researcher

Supervisor, docent Heli Virtanen follows Silja-Elisa’s presentation
Silja-Elisa Eskolin on her first postgraduate seminar











The semester has started for doctoral researchers: yesterday was the first postgraduate seminar. MHSc Silja-Elisa Eskolin participated in the seminars for the first time, as she started as a doctoral researcher in EPE. The seminar group continued their time together at dinner.


Seminar group at the dinner

An intern in EPE







Nurse and Bachelor student of Science (Public Health) Paula Kreuzer from Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany started her internship in EPE. She will be staying at the Department of Nursing Science until the end of October. We are looking forward to working with Paula!

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The EPE-doctoral researcher started the EANS summer school

Doctoral researcher Taina Heinonen after GALA dinner

Finnish participants in EANS GALA dinner. At the same time was organized EANS Conference, where all doctoral researchers also participated.

Auditorium in Vilniaus Universitetas, Lithuania

The 1st year Doctoral researchers in EANS

Doctoral researcher Taina Heinonen started an international summer school by the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS). The summer school is a three-year training for European nurses undertaking PhD studies. This year was organized in Vilnius, Lithuania, and the next year will be in Oslo, Norway. The aims of the summer school are to equip the early-stage nursing researchers with knowledge and expertise in research methods and research in nursing, as well as to enhance the opportunities for doctoral researchers to study, work and undertake research in another European State.

Masters of Health Sciences were celebrated

The first Graduation Ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine after the pandemic started was held on 1 June in Logomo, Turku. From EPE, the participants were Masters of Health Sciences Minna Richards, Maria Riuttaskorpi and Saija Inkeroinen. Congratulations to all graduates!










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The Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees of the University of Turku was arranged on 27 May 2022

Photos: Niina Ervaala

The University of Turku celebrated its new doctors in the traditional conferment festivities. The conferrer of the medical faculty was the head of EPE, professor Helena Leino-Kilpi. The conferred doctor of EPE was PhD Jukka Kesänen who defended his thesis in 2018. He has now the right to use the symbols of a doctoral degree, the hat and the sword. Congratulations!

Patient Education Theme Day

The Patient Education Theme Day was organized today in TYKS’s Johan Haartman lecture hall and via Zoom by EPE. We had presentations and lively discussions about patients’ knowledge, empowerment, and empowering patient education. We would like to thank every speaker and participant who joined the theme day.

A whole-day EPE workshop






Members of the EPE spent a whole-day workshop in an inspiring, pier-themed conference room. While sitting in boats, we discussed past and present research and activities as well as planned the future of EPE.

We had an international visitor

On Thursday 7 April, we had the pleasure of meeting an EPE course alumni Anita Kidritsch from St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria, at our department. She met for example professor Helena Leino-Kilpi and PhD candidate Saija Inkeroinen. We visited the department premises and had fruitful discussions about research and education. Thank you Anita for visiting us and we look forward to our future cooperation.

A presentation about knowledge from the perspective of patient feedback







Organizers of the Clinical nursing science theme day invited a presentation from each of the research programmes of the Department. PhD candidate Saija Inkeroinen represented EPE with a presentation about knowledge from the perspective of patient feedback.

Poster presentation at a conference in Portugal

Doctoral candidate Saija Inkeroinen participated in the 14th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law on 7-10 March 2022 in Porto, Portugal. She had a poster presentation about patients’ right to know and patient ombudsmen. The conference was the first face-to-face event for her since the pandemic started, highlighting the excitement for presenting the work and meeting people all around the world.















Tervetuloa Potilasohjauksen teemapäivään // Welcome to the Patient education theme day (in Finnish)

EPE-tutkimusalaohjelman organisoima Potilasohjauksen teemapäivä järjestetään 12.5.2022 klo 9:30-15. Tänä vuonna teemana on Voimavaraistumisen tuki hoitotyön käyttöön. Ohjelmaan voi tutustua klikkaamalla tästä. Teemapäivä on kaikille avoin ja ilmainen, ja se järjestetään hybridinä Turussa ja Zoom:n kautta.

Ilmoittautuminen on auki 9.5. asti osoitteessa: Lisätietoja tohtorikoulutettava Saija Inkeroiselta (saanin(a)


EPE Course 2022: The registration is open

The annual, award-winning EMPOWERING PATIENT EDUCATION (EPE) COURSE is now accepting participants. EPE Course 2022 is perfect for you if you are looking for:

  • A deeper understanding of empowerment and empowering patient education
  • Skills to apply the concepts and methods of empowering patient education to your clinical work or research
  • Meeting and making contacts with people from all over the world and different fields of health care and health sciences

EPE Course 2022 is an online course targeted at Master and PhD students in nursing and health Sciences, advanced practice nurses, and health care professionals interested in patient education. It is organized from 5 September to 14 December 2022 in 5 modules (5 ECTS each). We recommend participating in the whole course (25 ECTS) or you can make a study plan that fits best for your interests.

Register here before 15 August. The EPE Course 2022 is free for Master and PhD students (others 500 €).

More information from the brochure, website, or docent Heli Virtanen (hetuvi(a) Warmly welcome to the EPE Course 2022!

Suotuisa kirja-arvostelu Terveyttä edistävä ohjaus -teoksesta // A book review of the EPE’s edited book (in Finnish)

EPE:ssa koottu Terveyttä edistävä ohjaus -teos on arvosteltu uusimmassa Sairaanhoitaja-lehdessä (2.2022). Teosta kuvaillaan sen tyyppiseksi, josta “jokainen saa jotain … Itselleni kirkastui esimerkiksi se, miten yksilöllinen jokainen ohjaustilanne on niin päämääriltään, olosuhteiltaan kuin tiedontarpeiltaankin.

Teoksen on toimittanut Silja-Elisa Eskolin, Saija Inkeroinen, Maria Riuttaskorpi ja Heli Virtanen. Se on saatavilla UTUshopista.

Season’s greetings

The last EPE meeting of 2021 was held today. We had a Christmas party and celebrated our 2021’s achievements. Happy holidays to everyone!

The EPE course 2021 came to an end

The annual, international Empowering Patient Education (EPE) course (25 ECTS) ended on 10 December. We spend the last intensive week with high-quality seminars of international participants of the course and inspiring lectures by the experts of empowering patient education. We warmly thank all the participants and lecturers.

Application time for the next EPE course begins in spring 2022.

Terveyttä edistävän ohjauksen menetelmiä ja kokemuksia on koottu kirjaksi // A new edited book is published (in Finnish)

Turun yliopiston hoitotieteilijöiden uudessa teoksessa paneudutaan terveyttä edistävään ohjaukseen. Tutkijoiden mukaan pitkäaikaissairauksien lisääntyminen ja yksilöiden kasvava vastuu omasta terveydestä luovat jatkuvaa kehitystarvetta ennaltaehkäisevään terveystyöhön.

Turun yliopiston hoitotieteen laitoksen alatutkimusohjelman Voimavaraistumista tukevan potilas- ja palveluohjauksen (Empowering Patient Education, EPE) tutkijat ja opiskelijat ovat toimittaneet teoksen Terveyttä edistävä ohjaus, joka kokoaa yhteen ajankohtaisia näkökulmia terveyttä edistävästä ja voimavaraistumista tukevasta ohjauksesta. Aihetta lähestytään eri terveysongelmien ja ohjausmenetelmien näkökulmista sekä ihmisten eri elämänkaaren vaiheilta.

Teoksessa kuvataan väestön kokemuksia ja menetelmiä terveyden edistämisestä sekä potilas- ja palveluohjauksesta.

– Teoksen tarkoituksena on tuottaa tietoa terveyttä edistävän ja voimavaraistumista tukevan ohjauksen moninaisista näkökulmista sekä menetelmistä kaikille aiheesta kiinnostuneille ja herättää keskustelua erityisesti ohjauksen jatkokehittämisestä, sanoo hoitotieteen laitoksen johtaja, professori Helena Leino-Kilpi.

Hoitotieteen laitoksen johtaja, professori Helena Leino-Kilpi (vas) sekä teoksen toimittajat Heli Virtanen, Silja-Elisa Eskolin, Maria Riuttaskorpi ja Saija Inkeroinen.

Terveyden edistäminen ja siihen oleellisesti kuuluva terveysongelmia ennaltaehkäisevä sekä hyvinvointia tukeva ohjaus on ollut keskeistä terveydenhuollossa jo 1970-luvulta saakka.

– Monet haasteet, kuten pitkäaikaisten terveysongelmien kanssa elävien määrän lisääntyminen ja yksilöiden kasvava vastuu omasta terveydestään sekä terveysongelmiensa hallinnasta, luovat jatkuvasti kehitystarpeita terveyttä edistävään ohjaukseen ja koskettavat niin yhteiskuntaa, yhteisöjä kuin yksilöitä, Leino-Kilpi jatkaa.

Turun yliopiston hoitotieteen laitoksen julkaisusarjassa julkaistun teoksen ovat toimittaneet Silja-Elisa Eskolin, Saija Inkeroinen, Maria Riuttaskorpi sekä Heli Virtanen. Teos on saatavilla UTUShopista osoitteesta:

Kirjan kansi:

Lisätietoa: Saija Inkeroinen, saanin(a)

Poster presentations at the ICN Congress

Silja-Elisa Eskolin and Saija Inkeroinen participated in the virtual ICN Congress on 2-4 November 2021, organized by the International Council of Nurses. They both had poster presentations in the congress: Silja-Elisa’s & Heli Virtanen’s poster was about empowering patient education of adults with type 1 diabetes and Saija’s & others’ about patient education and patient safety.

A new article published about empowering patient education of people with diabetes T1

Silja-Elisa’s dog Loitsu is reading a Finnish article about empowering patient education of people with diabetes T1. This article by Silja-Elisa Eskolin and Heli Virtanen can be read from the latest journal of Diabetes ja Lääkäri by Finnish Diabetes Association.

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.

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.

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.

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.  The 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. The 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.
The next course will take place in autumn 2020.


We would like to thank you for attending the 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!