10 Recent Findings on Patient Engagement

Here are 10 findings on patient engagement in the past month, beginning with the most recent.

1. 6 Lessons on Engaging Patients From Aligning Forces for Quality

Four communities participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality initiative learned several lessons about engaging patients, such as the value of establishing expectations for patients and providers early, according to a study in Health Affairs.

2. 6 Health System Competencies for Shared Decision-Making
Authors of a commentary in Health Affairs added system competencies to the Towle A, Godolphin W. Framework for teaching and learning informed shared decision-making to support the model's patient and physician competencies. One competency is "Provide overarching support for physicians' and patients' increased and timely access to patient-centered services."

3. ONC Presents "3 A's" Strategy to Engage Patients With Health IT

Officials within HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology outline the federal strategy to engage patients with health IT in a report in Health Affairs. The "Three A's" strategy includes access, action and attitudes.

4. Is Patient Engagement All It's Cracked Up to Be? Some Say No
Leaders of Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit management organization, provide three reasons why patient engagement may not be the best method to improve quality and lower healthcare costs in a commentary in Health Affairs. One of their reasons is "Evidence of the effectiveness of interventions to increase patient engagement on health outcomes is not definitive."

5. 5 Barriers, Facilitators of Shared Decision-Making
Authors of a study in Health Affairs surveyed 23 people from eight primary care sites participating in a three-year shared decision-making demonstration. The authors identified three main barriers to shared decision making, including overworked physicians.

6. Health Literate Care Model Supports Patient Engagement
Hospitals that incorporate health literacy into their culture can more effectively engage patients in their care, according to a commentary in Health Affairs.

7. 3 Principles of Patient, Family Engagement in Healthcare

Patient and family engagement can be viewed as a continuum of engagement activities that occur at different levels of engagement, according to a report in Health Affairs.

8. Study: Highly Engaged Patients Have Lower Healthcare Costs
Patients who are more engaged in their care tend to have lower costs, according to a study in Health Affairs.

9. 11 Healthcare Leaders Share Patient Engagement Strategies

Leaders from 11 healthcare institutions share how their organizations have increased patient engagement by implementing 10 strategies to reduce costs and improve quality in a commentary in Health Affairs. The authors categorize the changes that led to increased patient engagement into five areas, including delivering evidence-based care.

10. AHA Report: Patient Engagement is Key to Triple Aim of Health Reform

Engaging patients in their care can improve outcomes and reduce costs, according to a report by the American Hospital Association Committee on Research.

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