patient activation

By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2017
What will it take to move from many promising but disconnected pilots in digital health to a world where technology holistically advances patient engagement? That’s the question that Brian Eastwood, an analyst at Chilmark Research, was grappling with as he took the stage at the inaugural Patient Experience Symposium in Boston this week. “A chronic patient who sees a number of different...
By Jonah Comstock August 25, 2016
A new retrospective study in the journal Health Services Research shows that patients who are more activated -- who are more involved in the self-management of their health and score higher on the the commercially available Patient Activation Measure (PAM) test -- were less likely to be hospitalized or to develop a chronic condition than those with lower PAM scores. Researchers looked at data...
By Brian Dolan March 20, 2015
You can't avoid the term "patient engagement" in healthcare today, and for good reason. Health Affairs explains that "'patient activation' refers to a patient's knowledge, skills, ability, and willingness to manage his or her own health and care," while "'patient engagement' is a broader concept that combines patient activation with interventions designed to increase activation and promote...
By Neil Versel November 23, 2011
Mobile and wireless technologies are helping give rise to a new form of clinical decision support that's being called "patient activation." "We're making a category that really hasn't existed," according to Doug Thompson, a senior research director at the Advisory Board Co., a Washington-based research firm that is making a big push into healthcare of late. "The term 'patient activation' can be...