There’s a lot of conversation in healthcare these days about the concept of patient activation and patient engagement. But what exactly do these terms mean? And why should it matter to post-acute providers across the continuum? As the focus on safer and more sustainable patient transitions becomes increasingly intensified, where do patient activation and patient engagement fit in the process? And what practices related to these concepts can providers begin integrating into their everyday work flow?
We will explore these concepts, and provide context on why patient activation and patient engagement are so important. We will also share practices for leveraging each in your organization. Using the concepts and best practices shared, providers will be best positioned to drive patient transition success in their organizations.
Let’s start at the beginning: Why do patient activation and patient engagement matter? While there are a number of reasons, we will highlight three:
- Better outcomes
- 2014 Impact Legislation
- It’s good for the patient