Insignia Health offers a suite of products that work together to support consumer health activation. The Patient Activation Measure™ (PAM™) self-assessment tool anchors this product portfolio.
Patient Activation Measure™
The Patient Activation Measure™ self-assessment tool, developed by Dr. Judy Hibbard, Dr. Bill Mahoney and colleagues at the University of Oregon, assesses the knowledge, skills and confidence for managing one's own health and healthcare. The PAM tool segments consumers into one of four progressively higher activation levels. Each level is associated with distinct self-care behaviors, as well as a wealth of insight into the attitudes, values, motivations, and emotional disposition that drive these behaviors. With these insights, care givers and healthcare organizations can better tailor support and allocate resources more effectively.
The PAM survey is a unidimensional, interval level, Guttman-style survey developed through Rasch analysis and classical test theory psychometric methods. It measures an overarching construct - being in charge of one's own health. The PAM survey is not designed to assess behaviors in isolation, but instead recognizes that people who feel 'in charge' of their health engage in a whole constellation of behaviors. Extensive research in many diverse populations confirms the PAM tool's strong measurement properties.
More than 80 studies, both domestically and abroad, have documented the importance of activation, the PAM tool's ability to measure the domains that drive the behaviors so critical to health activation, and the mechanism to activate consumers in their health.
The PAM instrument is reliable and valid for use with both consumers managing a chronic illness and for those with no disease. The PAM assessment has been found useful wherever the consumer has a significant role to play in managing their health. The insights gained with the PAM survey can be used for predictive modeling, population segmentation, the individual tailoring of care support, and in the evaluation of program efficacy. Organizations using the PAM tool today span the healthcare sector and include research institutions, pharmaceutical firms, health plans, disease management and wellness firms, government agencies, hospitals and clinics.
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