In 2004, researchers from the University of Oregon developed a scale called the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) to determine how likely patients were to know about and to confidently take a role in their own care. Since then, research has suggested that “activated” patients are less likely to have an ER visit, be obese or to smoke, among other health measures, and more likely to save providers money. A number of healthcare systems are already using PAM and seeing positive results. Interesting, but with some 50percent of patients even failing to take prescribed medications properly, current engagement methods would seem to face an uphill battle.
A Live Online Event: Tuesday, April 22 @ 12:00 pm EST
Making the Grade: Examining the Case for Patient Activation Measures
Are there other ways to measure and guide adherence planning? What are the benefits and the drawbacks of measuring patient skills? How can patients improve scores? Kick off the conversation today by tweeting your questions and comments to #GreatChallenges and we’ll discuss them on air.
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