What is Patient Activation?
Patient activation is a patient's knowledge, skills, ability, and willingness to manage his or her own health and care. When a patient becomes activated in their own care, their patient experience improves significantly.
The focus is shifting towards preventative measures, healthy behaviors and education as a way to drive positive health outcomes. Patient activation is critical to this shift in thinking.
It is not just about teaching a patient the correct way to do something, but rather teaching them why they should do something the right way. Once a patient understands what is in it for them then they have the confidence to take charge of their own care.
The patient should have a seat at the table in the management of their own care. We are here to help build and foster that confidence through sharing the stories of people who have become activated.
Why Does Patient Activation Matter?
Studies show that Patient Activation affects all Healthcare Stakeholders
- Patients with higher activation levels tend to engage in healthy behaviors, adhere to the plan of care and achieve better health outcomes.
- Providers who are measuring their patients’ activation levels can develop care plans specific to the patient’s ability to follow through on those plans. This is a way to become patient-centered, and to meet the patient where they are leading to higher satisfaction and retention levels.
- Healthcare Organizations are facing healthcare reform initiatives that are forcing delivery systems and providers to produce better outcomes with fewer resources. Activated patients represent a largely untapped resource that may benefit not only the delivery systems, but the entire population.
Source: Insignia Health
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