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Patient Activation tagged as one of the three Top Healthcare Trends of 2018

December 26, 2018

Patient Activation tagged as one of the three Top Healthcare Trends of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, healthcare professionals reflect on lessons learned and trends passed that can in some way shape their paths forward in the new year. Topping those trends are the role of nurse communication, patient activation, and patient motivation in value-based care according to Patient Engagement HIT, an online healthcare publication.

As providers continue to face payments that hinge on positive patient outcomes, they need patients to participate in their own wellness plans. But how can providers measure the extent to which patients are activated in care?

The patient activation measure (PAM) is a 100-point, quantifiable scale determining patient engagement in healthcare. Measures include patients’ abilities to self-manage problems, engage in activities that will improve health, and navigate the healthcare system.