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How Do Patients Define Quality on Health Information Websites?

October 9, 2017 - Healthcare professionals must understand patient preferences for quality with regard to online health information websites, according to a group of Saint Louis University researchers. Understanding how patients find online health information will help providers direct patients to credible sources, the researchers said. “Today’s health care environment encourages health care consumers...


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Education, Clear Healthcare Navigation Next Steps in Patient Care

by Sara Heath

Industry professionals must find ways to meet patient preferences by making healthcare navigation easier and more convenient, according to a recent survey from United Healthcare. The survey of over 1,000 adult patients revealed that healthcare...

Public Health Pros Use Twitter for Patient Education Messages

by Sara Heath

Public health professionals are using Twitter to spread patient education and informative messages, leveraging the platform to communicate with an otherwise hard-to-reach audience, according to data published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

Assessing Online Symptom Searches, Patient Self-Diagnosis Habits

by Sara Heath

Amidst the push for more patient engagement in healthcare, an adverse consequence has arisen: patients often use digital resources for online symptom searches and to develop their own self-diagnosis, which may not always be accurate. Well-meaning...

How Race Affects Patient Activation Impact on Hospital Readmission

by Sara Heath

High patient health literacy leads to better patient activation and reduces the likelihood of preventable hospital readmissions, according to a group of researchers from Boston University. However, racial disparities exist, emphasizing a need...

Nurses Focus on Patient Education, Dispelling Misinformation

by Sara Heath

Nurses are finding themselves on the frontlines of patient education efforts, helping to teach patients about health conditions, improving patient health literacy, and working to dispel misinformation patients may have retained through online...

How mHealth Apps Drive Patient Behavior Change, Motivation

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps targeted toward weight loss must leverage strong educational features to help frame patient attitudes regarding healthy eating to drive patient behavior change and motivation, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical...

What Drives Patient Trust in Online Medical Info Sources?

by Sara Heath

Trustworthy patient-facing websites have the power to drive more patient education in the healthcare space. Usability, simplicity, and author authority all drive patient trust in online medical information sources, according to recent research....

ONC Adds Patient Education Materials to Patient Portal Guides

by Sara Heath

ONC has partnered with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) to instruct clinicians in adding patient education materials into the patient portal.  The two agencies collaborated to add ODPHP’s myhealthfinder...

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?...

VA Drives Plans for Patient Education, Experience Improvement

by Sara Heath

The VA Health Administration implemented an online tool to drive patient education about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health treatment options. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid outlines different evidence-based treatments,...

VA Deal Drives Patient Education on Mental Health Treatment

by Sara Heath

The VA and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFA) have partnered with Walgreens to improve patient education about mental healthcare access, suicide prevention, and opioid abuse. The partnership will support overcoming mental and behavioral...

New Tool Assesses Teen Patient Health Literacy in 30 Seconds

by Sara Heath

Pediatric clinicians can now assess adolescent patient health literacy in under 30 seconds using a new tool developed by researchers from the University at Albany. Created by Jennifer Manganello, PhD, MPH, the tool addresses a knowledge gap about...

Does Shared Decision-Making Support Value-Based Care Models?

by Sara Heath

Shared decision-making is a helpful and essential addition to value-based care model requirements, according to policy experts from the Urban Institute in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In a recent policy brief, authors...

Personal Patient Portal Messages Can Support Self-Management

by Sara Heath

Patient portals and personal health IT devices are effective for pushing individualized self-management information to patients, according to a study published in the journal eGEMS. Adriana Arcia, study author and researcher at the Columbia University...

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...

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