Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Why are the True Heroes Left Out of Change?

Who has the most to do with the successful treatment of your medical problems?

Who was not listed on all the key experts  trying to help you on the Medical advertisements?

 In fact, it is the hero and heroine of all treatment success.

The heroes are------------------------??????

The Patient/Client/Student and her/his family and or caregivers.

Go to our new web and see key research.

The Family And Caregiver Engagement (FACE(R) is the key to healthy decisions.

Here is a sample of what researchers have discovered over, and over and over!

This particular study from Judith Hibbard, Ph.D., a researcher at the Health Policy Group at the University of Oregon, Jessica Greene, Ph.D., a professor and director of research at the George Washington University School of Nursing, and Valerie Overton, vice president of quality and informatics at the Minneapolis-based Fairview Medical Group. The trio of researchers looked how patient activation can positively influence the cost of healthcare.

Hibbard and her colleagues defined patient activation as “skills and confidence that equip patients to become actively engaged in their healthcare.” As pointed out by the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs in this post, it’s actually an offshoot of patient engagement. Engaged patients are taking an action. Activated patients have an understanding and willingness to manage their healthcare.

Unsurprisingly, Hibbard found that patients with the lowest activation rates had healthcare costs that were 8-to-21 percent higher than the costs of patients with the highest activation level. 

The team of researchers adjusted for patient differences, such as demographic factors and severity of illness. And even then, activated chronic disease patients were better off than those chronic disease patients that weren’t activated.

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