A Key Vital Sign
The Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®) assessment offers healthcare providers and organizations a powerful tool to better inform patient and member activation efforts, from resource allocation to the tailoring of education and support. An individual’s ability to self-manage gives vital insight to coaches, clinicians and health educators. Lower-activation individuals are typically overwhelmed, lack basic health knowledge and are poor self-managers. Those higher in activation are typically goal-oriented, have a good knowledge base and are capable of achieving self-care best practices guidelines. This variation in self-management ability necessitates a new approach to engaging individuals in their health.