Familial support best way to engage patients in their health, survey shows

When it comes to engaging patients in their health goals, support from friends and family outranks support from clinicians or financial rewards, according to an NEJM Catalyst patient engagement survey.

The online survey polled members of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, of which 607 completed the survey. The NEJM Catalyst Insights Council includes U.S. executives, clinical leaders and clinicians at healthcare organizations.

The key approaches for engaging patients in realizing health goals according to respondents are:

Note: Respondents were asked what they considered the top two most effective ways to ensure patient engagement in their health goals.

• Family/friends support: 35 percent
• Education: 30 percent
• Clinician support: 30 percent
• Financial rewards for healthy behaviors: 27 percent
• Making healthy choices easier through design (for example, cafeteria layout): 23 percent
• Benefit design incentives: 13 percent
• Financial penalties for unhealthy behaviors: 12 percent
• Peer pressure: 8 percent
• Subsidized wearable devices: 5 percent
• Taxes (for example, on sugary beverages): 5 percent
• Social media: 4 percent

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