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Best Practices on Achieving Patient Engagement & Having The Patience to Make It Work

Shared by Radhika Narayanan | 2 45 4 | about 2 years ago

Best Practices on Achieving Patient Engagement & Having The Patience to Make It Work

When people in healthcare use the phrase ‘patient engagement,’ they mean involving patients more in their own care, perhaps urging them to be more responsible for their own health.

From a costs perspective, this makes sense. No one argues that the healthcare system is not rife with waste and duplication, and much of the treatment would be unnecessary if patients paid attention to their health well before dramatic efforts are the only remaining option. Also unarguable is the impact healthcare has on the American economy as it steadily gobbles up higher shares of national revenue.

But simply identifying patient engagement as one solution to systemic healthcare challenges achieves little. Sure, Americans would have fewer health problems if they ate better, lost weight, took their medications regularly and got more sleep, but most everyone already agrees on that. Human behavioral change is difficult and gradual, and it happens through incremental approaches, not general pronouncements.

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