Patients Are Often More Engaged In Their Health Than Providers Think

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Patients often don’t get the respect they deserve. Take the subject of patient engagement.  Just about everywhere you turn in the health care literature these days we are told how physicians and other providers need to do a better job getting patients involved in their own health. But is that really their role? Patient Engagement […]

Patent Portals. PHRs, & On-line Decision-Support Tools Alone Will Not Lead To Greater Patient Engagement

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Patient engagement is getting a lot of attention these days, particularly in the health information technology press.   Anticipation of Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria is certainly is driving much of the “talk.”  So too are the promises of improved patient outcomes and satisfaction associated with the adoption of patient engagement tools like EMRs, PHRs, web portals, and on-line decision […]

Why Patients Don’t Always Do What’s In Their Best Interest

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Can you say “reactance”?  Don’t feel bad, I wasn’t familiar with the term either until recently.  But as you will see, anyone that has ever been a patient will catch on pretty quickly as to what reactance is and how it works. Reactance is how we respond to something that threatens to limit or eliminate […]

Patient Engagement Infographic

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Check out other recent posts on the topic of Patient Engagement: Patient Engagement Is Very Important – It’s Just That No One Agrees On What It Is…Or How To Do It – Infographic Patient Engagement From The Patient’s Perspective Patient Engagement Versus Physician Engagement – Which Comes First? Patient Engagement – Here’s The Key To Success

The Fastest Way To Disempower, De-Activate, and Disengage Any Patient

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I may not know how to tell the difference between an empowered patient, an engaged patient, or an activated patient.  But I do know that fastest way to disempower, disengage, and de-activate any patient is a trip to the doctor’s office or the hospital.  A visit to an average primary care physician (or specialist) is […]

Patient-Centered Care Begins With High Quality Doctor-Patient Communications

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[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]The first experience patients are likely to have with your hospital is not in an ER visit or inpatient stay.  A patient’s first experience will most likely be in one of your primary-care physician offices.  That because a person is 10 times more likely during a year to end up in the physician’s […]

tient Lack Of Time And Reimbursement – Is That Why Physicians Don’t Do a Better Job Communicating With Patients?

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“I don’t have the time to talk to patients…I don’t get reimbursed for that.”  This is an all too common refrain from primary care physicians and practice managers when ever the subject of improving physician-patient communications comes up. I get it.   Primary care physicians in particular are under tremendous pressure to produce.   Just imagine…physicians in […]