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Reform Update: Patient engagement key to better chronic-disease care, providers say

November 06, 2013

Reform Update: Patient engagement key to better chronic-disease care, providers say

Achieving better health and more efficient care for any patient requires more than access to doctors, medications or hospitals. Success also will hinge on the degree of support, confidence, knowledge and skills that patients have to follow treatment regimens or make changes to diet or exercise that can improve their health, said healthcare providers and researchers at an industry meeting Wednesday in New York City.  

“The patient role is really important in determining these outcomes,” said Judith Hibbard, a health policy professor at the University of Oregon who spoke to public health and health system officials at the symposium. “We need to pay attention to it.”  

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