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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...

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?...

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...

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...

Patient mHealth App Use Marks Motivation for Healthy Behaviors

by Sara Heath

Patient mHealth app use is a key indicator of motivation for health behavior change, which is an important step in chronic disease management, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth apps have proven...

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...

Better Assessments Needed for Patient EHR Note Readability

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals need a better metric for testing patient readability for EHR notes, especially as patients gain more access to their health data via clinician notes and the patient portal, says a recent study published in the Journal...

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...

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