Neil W. Wagle
While health care pursues the important trend of putting patients at the center of care, the terms used to describe this goal are proliferating — and muddying the discourse. This taxonomy attempts to classify some of these terms and make some distinctions.
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Tadashi Funahashi, Lina Borgo & Nina Joshi
Collaboration and innovation can improve the performance of cardiac rehabilitation.
Elena Fagotto, Victòria Alsina Burgués & Archon Fung
Health information initiatives will succeed only if they focus on patients’ motivation to engage and reflect the type of engagement they seek.
The NEJM Catalyst Insights Council agrees that while financial incentives are a common strategy to engage patients in healthy behaviors, they are not necessarily effective.
Initiatives to improve patient engagement come in a variety of forms. While insurers, employers, and health care providers are all involved in using financial incentives and penalties for engagement efforts, improvement in health outcomes has been elusive. Achieving that ultimate goal will usually require a combination of financial and social approaches.
NEJM Catalyst Insights Council members say that while transparency might be necessary, we have to change the way care is delivered.
Cynthia J. Sieck, Daniel M. Walker, Sheldon Retchin & Ann Scheck McAlearney
Patient engagement assessments often don’t dig deep enough to identify why patients don’t participate in their own health care. We present a new model to help providers pinpoint the reasons for lack of engagement and address them more effectively.
Anna De Simoni, Stephanie J. C. Taylor, Chris Griffiths, Pietro Panzarasa & Aziz Sheikh
Three proposed steps for integrating peer-driven online health communities with traditional services to improve health outcomes for people with chronic conditions.
The development of standardized tools and techniques are enhancing the ability of providers to interact with patients, but true patient engagement requires a common understanding of its theoretical foundation and an open mind for including patients’ needs and beliefs — in their language — as part of each encounter.
Patients hold responsibility for their actions, but providers’ approaches to address obesity often fall short as well.