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Better Patient-Provider Communication Needed for Obesity Care

October 31, 2017 - Patients with obesity lack the health literacy and diagnoses necessary to motivate them to access long-term care solutions, according to new research published in Obesity. These findings suggest that clinicians need to leverage better patient-provider communication surrounding a patient’s health status. Researchers conducting the Awareness, Care, Treatment in Obesity Management (ACTION)...


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Patient Goals, Priorities Key for Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Taking a holistic, patient-centric approach to wellness is crucial to chronic disease management, according to recent research from the Christensen Institute. The paper argues that goal-setting outside of health outcomes will support a path toward...

How to Support Patient Engagement in Pediatric Transitions of Care

by Sara Heath

When working with young chronic illness patients, Cory Nourie, the transition of care officer at Nemours Children’s Health, always asks patients to describe how they are feeling and the symptoms they experience. What might look like a strategy...

NYC Orgs Partner for Patient Self-Management, Health Coaching

by Sara Heath

New York City-based hospital Mount Sinai St. Luke’s has partnered with a local health coaching group to support health coaching and patient self-management. The one-year pilot partnership between Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and City Health...

Why Understanding Low Medication Adherence is a Team Effort

by Sara Heath

It is problematic when any patient doesn’t take a life-saving medication, but it is downright scary when more than two-thirds of HIV positive Medicaid patients have low medication adherence, according to Keith Dunn, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVE....

5 Ways to Improve Medication Adherence in Chronic Care Patients

by Sara Heath

One of the more difficult aspects of medicine may also be one of the most important: putting care and medication plans in the patient’s hands. Chronic illness patients don’t always follow their care management plans, making it imperative...

Top 4 Patient Motivation Techniques for Health Improvement

by Sara Heath

Creating a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan is only half the battle for doctors; actually getting patients to follow through is its own beast. Providers can better achieve overall patient wellness by using a set of patient motivation...

Caregiver, Social Support Key in Patient Self-Management Plans

by Sara Heath

Caregiver presence and strong family engagement help patients adhere to their chronic care self-management plans, according to recent research from the American Thoracic Society. The study, published in the Journal of the American Thoracic Society,...

Debunking 3 Common Patient Engagement Myths

by Sara Heath

Numerous and often conflicting patient-centered care strategies have given rise to a number of patient engagement myths. More healthcare experts than ever are espousing their patient care knowledge, leading to nebulous assertions about which...

The Difference Between Patient Education and Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Patient education and health literacy are two key concepts in patient engagement and chronic care management. Healthcare experts strive to improve patient health knowledge, asserting that knowledgeable patients are more engaged in shared decision-making...

Using Tech to Drive Patient Medication Education, Adherence

by Sara Heath

A noncompliant patient is not always the root of medication non-adherence. Instead, lacking patient medication education can keep patients from understanding their medications, causing adherence errors along the way. What is the medication dose?...

Why Do Patients Quit Chronic Care Self-Management Programs?

by Sara Heath

Digital chronic care self-management programs need to be at least somewhat tailored to individual patients and include face-to-face clinician interactions to maintain high intervention adherence, according to research published in the Journal...

Health Coaching Drives Patient Behavior Change, Weight Loss

by Sara Heath

Health coaching conducted by medical assistants is an effective measure for preventing or managing chronic illness, alleviating some management burden from clinicians, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family...

Interactive Websites Aid Patient Healthcare Decision-Making

by Sara Heath

An interactive website for patients helped increase patient-led healthcare decision-making by up to 35 percent, according to researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The PREPARE For Your Care website, launched in 2013...

Exploring Patients’ Roles in Chronic Illness Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

Strong care coordination is one of the core necessities for effective chronic disease management. Patients managing a chronic illness are confronted with a plethora of health information, often coming from multiple different specialists and primary...

Patients Need Help Receiving Chronic Illness Social Support

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals must educate patients about the importance of social support when facing a chronic illness, according to a report from The Parkinson’s Alliance. The report featured findings from a survey of over 1,400 individuals...

mHealth Equally Effective as Manual Chronic Care Management

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps are useful for supporting chronic care management, but no more so than manual, paper-based self-management strategies, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth apps can specifically benefit...

Understanding Mental Barriers to Patient Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Clinicians looking to improve medication adherence amongst their chronic illness populations should look beyond the external barriers patients face. Clinicians must also be aware of the emotional and behavioral barriers patients face, according...

Patient-Generated Health Data Bolsters Preventive Care Orders

by Sara Heath

Patient-generated health data (PGHD) and lifestyle information is a useful addition to EHRs and helps clinicians create tailored preventive care plans for patients, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family...

Self-Management Tech Better for Wellness than Chronic Illness

by Sara Heath

Tablet-based self-management tools might not be successful in improving specific chronic illnesses, but they do have an effect on overall patient wellness, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. In a randomized...

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