Saturday, March 21, 2015

What is an Engaged Patient?

Sharon D. Anderson
Stroke Survivors Tattler
March 16 / 2015

What is an engaged patient?

  • Patient understands the disease process, and assumes role as the daily self-manager,
  • Family and caregivers are engaged in/supportive of patient’s self-management. 

Why are we talking about patient engagement? 

Patient engagement is seen as strategy to:
  1. help patients prevent and effectively self-manage  their health (stroke, diabetes,  and other chronic conditions),
  2. Improve the patient’s experience with health professionals and their health,
  3. Improve the quality of care,
  4. Promote population health,  and
  5. Contain burgeoning health costs.  
See the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Brochure: Patient and Family Engagement: Putting Patients at the Centre of Care.

What is the difference between traditional patient education and “patient engagement” education? 

Radcliffe-Branch, D (2014, October). My tool box: The building blocks of self-care Presented to  MUHC-ISAI, Montreal, PQ.

What are patients expected to do?

You are expected to participate fully in your health care.

Categories of engagement behaviors from the Center for Advancing Health:
  • Find Good Health Care 
  • Participate in Your Treatment 
  • Communicate with Your Doctors 
  • Promote Your Health 
  • Organize Your Health Care 
  • Get Preventive Health Care 
  • Pay for Your Health Care 
  • Plan for Your End-of-Life Care 
  • Make Good Treatment Decisions 
  • Seek Knowledge About Your Health
Center for Advancing Health 

Policy makers and clinicians are expected to support you in being an engaged patient.

Instead of just providing patients with a diagnosis, prescription and a pamphlet or fact sheet on their health condition or medications, health professionals can now refer patients to a range of apps such as:
  • “Wearables”, monitors such as a pedometer or Fitbit,
  • Management apps on your Smartphone or the Internet,
  • Telehealth,  and
  • Patient portals on the Internet.
These round-the-clock connections are touted as convenient ways for patients and providers to help you to monitor and manage health.

How do physicians view these tools – and how are their views affecting consumer adoption?

Physician Perceptions of Patient Engagement Affect Consumer Use 

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