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4 Patient Education Strategies that Drive Patient Activation

April 27, 2017 - As meaningful patient engagement continues to be a core priority for healthcare professionals, clinicians need a thorough understanding of patient education strategies. Ensuring patients are knowledgeable about their healthcare is the surest method for sparking patient activation. Patients who are more knowledgeable about their health are more likely to use self-management techniques, attend...


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4 Patient Education Strategies that Drive Patient Activation

by Sara Heath

As meaningful patient engagement continues to be a core priority for healthcare professionals, clinicians need a thorough understanding of patient education strategies. Ensuring patients are knowledgeable about their healthcare is the surest...

Using Shared Decision-Making to Spark Quality Patient Care

by Sara Heath

Shared decision-making in healthcare is an effective strategy for incorporating patient preferences into treatment plans. Taking the time to educate patients about their conditions and treatment options, and then prompting them to contextualize...

PCORI Works to Drive Patient-Centered Health Research Design

by Sara Heath

Although health research is key to driving medical advancements, it’s not always accessible or relevant to patients who need this information to make better care decisions. At the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a call for...

MGH, Healthwise Partner for Shared Decision-Making Program

by Sara Heath

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has partnered with non-profit Healthwise to create the Informed Medical Decisions Program (IMDP) to support shared decision-making in patient engagement. The IMDP has received $2 million initial funding from...

Patient Support Groups Drive Medication Adherence, Empowerment

by Sara Heath

Patient support groups are a helpful strategy for improving patient health literacy and empowerment, ultimately leading to better health decisions and improved medication adherence, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed...

Clinical Trial Finder to Boost Patient Participation in Trials

by Sara Heath

The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has launched a brain tumor clinical trial finder to help boost patient participation in treatment development. Brain tumor clinical trials have seen limited patient engagement in recent years, likely because...

Communication Aids Fuel Patient Education, Health Goal-Setting

by Sara Heath

Patient-provider communication and education tools are helpful in nudging parents to identify and understand their child’s health needs when issues would otherwise go unacknowledged, shows a study published in the Journal of the American...

Overcoming Engagement Barriers to Shared Decision-Making

by Sara Heath

Despite industry calls for better shared decision-making, patient engagement barriers make that goal easier said than done. In a recent paper from the Baylor College of Medicine, author J.S. Blumenthal-Barby explains that shared decision-making...

Digital Patient Education Tools Improve Procedure Prep Process

by Sara Heath

Digital tools are helpful in driving patient education in procedure preparation, helping to reduce the number of necessary repeat procedures in patients undergoing their first colonoscopy, shows a study published in the American Journal of Medicine....

Accuracy, Usefulness of Patient eHealth Literacy Assessments

by Sara Heath

With the increasing mHealth and other health IT use to support patient engagement, healthcare professionals are focused on assessing the ability for patients to access, use, and apply knowledge from these tools — otherwise known as patient...

Patients Call for Better Info, Education on Cancer Treatments

by Sara Heath

Oncologists and other cancer clinicians need to offer more information and education regarding innovative cancer treatments to both patients and caregivers, helping to drive more informed decision-making, according to a recent survey from the...

Internet Familiarity Tied to Patient Digital Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Patients who use the internet more tend to have higher digital health literacy, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. As healthcare professionals continue to turn to digital health to improve patient...

Patient Education Reduces Costs, Boosts Asthma Outcomes

by Sara Heath

Community-based patient education programs can help improve asthma management, resulting in better patient knowledge of their condition, lower healthcare utilization, and lower overall healthcare costs, according to a recent study published in...

Five Best Practices for Improving Patient Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Strong patient health literacy is key for improving patient engagement, but it does not occur in a vacuum. Instead, providers should assess and understand outside variables that affect health literacy, such as practice-wide interventions, policy...

How Digital, Health Literacy Drives mHealth Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

mHealth and other digital health technologies have emerged as viable tools for facilitating patient engagement. However, in order to ensure these technologies contribute to meaningful chronic disease management, patients need high health and...

How Patient Data Access, Education Improve Patient Safety

by Sara Heath

Adverse patient safety events continue to plague the healthcare industry, with government agencies reporting as many as one in ten patients experiencing harm during treatment. And as patient safety becomes tied to the overall patient experience,...

How Patient Education Tools Improve Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Empowering and engaging patient education tools are at the core of any meaningful chronic disease management program that succeeds in encouraging individuals to take the actions necessary to achieve their healthcare goals. At Centura Health,...

How Patient Engagement, Education Can Improve Medication Safety

by Sara Heath

Strong patient engagement and education strategies may be useful for improving medication safety, according to a recent ONC report. The report, which centers on medication ordering within the EHR, suggests that while technology usability can...

Patient-Provider Communication Strategy May Boost Education

by Sara Heath

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new guide for patient teach-back strategies, which could improve patient education and provider communication. During patient teach-back, providers explain patient medical conditions,...

How Social Media Can Improve Public Health, Patient Education

by Sara Heath

Understanding online discussion trends may be helpful in disseminating patient education and public health messages about mental and behavioral health via Twitter, found a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association....

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