Brief reveals 3 keys to patient engagement

Successful patient engagement programs require three essential components, according to a brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The brief provides first-hand accounts and lessons learned from organizations that successfully implemented patient engagement strategies. The best programs incorporated transparency, engagement and collaboration. Patient engagement "means motivating and empowering patients to work with clinicians--to be active participants in their care by asking questions, knowing their medications and medical history, bringing friends or relatives to appointments for support, and learning about care that may be unnecessary," the brief states. "It can also mean giving them a seat at the table to improve the care that hospitals and doctors' offices provide." Read the full report from FierceHealthcare

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