Patient Activation in Australians with Chronic Illness – Survey Results

October 23, 2019

Patient Activation in Australians with Chronic Illness – Survey Results

Consumers Health Forum (CHF), the leading national health policy and advocacy group in Australia, published a study of 1,700 Australians with chronic illness. The study used Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®) data to evaluate the connection between activation and self-management for this population.

According to a press release from CHF: Australians with chronic conditions and complex needs are less activated than their healthier counterparts which may be a contributing factor to their generally worse health outcomes a Consumers Health Forum study has found.

“In October – Health Literacy Month – these findings highlight how frequently people with pressing healthcare needs may be less aware of their condition or able to get the care they need,” the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said.

The finding comes from a survey, Patient Activation in Australians with Chronic Illness, which canvassed a nationally representative sample of over 1,700 respondents to gauge their level of active engagement in their own health care.

“The aim of this research was to get a clearer understanding of how engaged Australians with two or more chronic conditions are in their own health care. The results can help guide the design and practice of different models of care that move consumers from being passive recipients of care to more active partners.

“One of the barriers to introducing more active care models has been the belief amongst some clinicians and policy makers that consumers are not interested in their own health care and do not want responsibility for self-management or even to be involved in share decision-making.

“This survey dispels that view. It found that about two thirds of respondents with chronic illness had some level of patient activation or self-management in terms of their health care, taking some action or adopting behaviours to support their health.

“The results suggest that chronically ill patients with the highest levels of patient activation have improved health care experiences and outcomes compared to those with the lowest patient activation levels.”

Read the full CHF press release