Patient engagement are the actions individuals take to obtain the greatest benefit from the health care services available to them. Patient engagement combines a patient's knowledge, skills, ability and willingness to manage their health care with interventions designed to increase activation and promote positive patient behavior.
- Patients who are empowered to actively participate in their own care have better healthcare outcomes
- Patients who are more actively involved in their health care experience better health outcomes and incur lower costs.
- Patients who are highly activated have better outcomes, choose lower cost treatments, are more satisfied with their care, and less likely to suffer adverse health consequences
“Patient engagement has been called a critical part of a continuously learning health system, a necessary condition for the redesign of the health care system, the ‘holy grail’ of health care & the next blockbuster drug of the century.”
Holly, J.L. (2013, February 28). Your life your health: Patient and family engagement part 1. Southeast Texas Medical Associates.http://www.setma.com/your-life-your-health/Patient-and-Family-Engagement-Part-I