Patient engagement is a vital part of healthcare, and it can considerably impact their health outcomes. Unfortunately, many patients aren't as engaged with their own care as they could be. In this post, we'll explore why that's the case, how to engage patients in their own healthcare, and what you can do to increase patient engagement in your practice.
Patient engagement is an effective way to improve outcomes.
It's not a new idea, but research shows that patient engagement improves health outcomes and reduces costs. In fact, studies have shown that patients who are actively involved in their care live longer than those who aren't engaged.
This doesn't mean you should turn over all decision-making authority to your patients--they should consult with you first before making decisions about their care. However, it does mean that when there is something they can do themselves (such as making an appointment or following up on test results), they should feel supported and empowered to do so without being judged or micromanaged by the healthcare team
Patients can play an active role in their healthcare when they're given the opportunity
The more patients are involved in their own care, the better their health outcomes will be. Patients may feel empowered by being part of their treatment plan and have an improved sense of well-being when they know what's happening to them on a daily basis.
Patients can be involved in many ways: by talking to doctors about medications or treatments; by asking questions about tests or procedures; by participating in group sessions; by monitoring symptoms; etc.
There are many ways to engage patients in their own healthcare
Patients can help with the diagnosis, treatment decisions and monitoring their own health. Patients can also be involved in follow-up care after they have completed treatment. Finally, patients can participate in research studies that will improve understanding of a disease or condition.
Some things you can do to engage patients include:
Ask patients what they want.
Provide information and education.
Give patients a way to get answers to their questions.
Give patients a way to give feedback about the services that you provide, so that you can improve them and make them better for future patients (and also feel good about yourself).
Provide a space where people can share experiences with each other, either through online forums or in person at events like meetups or workshops (or both!).
Engaging patients in their own care improves health outcomes
This can be the case for several reasons:
Patients are more likely to follow doctors' advice. When you're involved in making decisions about your care, it's easier to understand why those decisions are being made and how they will affect you. As a result, patients are more likely to comply with treatment plans or take their medications as directed--which leads us to our next point.
Patients are more likely to take their medication consistently and appropriately. When patients feel like they have some agency over their treatment plans (and therefore some sense of control), they're more motivated than ever before! This is especially true when those plans include taking medication regularly over an extended period of time; knowing that there's someone else who knows what's best for them makes all the difference here!
We hope that this article has given you some ideas about how to engage patients in their own care. If you're looking for more information on patient engagement or other healthcare topics, please visit our website at www.proficienthealthcarestaffing.com.