Patient Care: Engagement

patientApproaches towards patient care improvisation has been tried and tested over the years. There are strategies that worked well but many failed. One approach that shows good result is the promotion of engagement among the patient to their medication processes and activities. Engagement among the patient towards their own healthcare makes their recovery faster. The Healthcare Advisory Board named it as one of the three pillars for healthcare transformation in its recent Playbook for Accountable Care.

Many studies show that when patients become active participants in their care, they are more inclined and motivated to accept responsibility for managing their own health. When patients are more involved, they become more aware and the results are better for the patient. This program makes the patient spend less money on the hospital and medicines. The healthcare industry has dedicated a lot of time and resources on looking ways to convey more patient-centered care over the last ten years.

There are a lot of approaches that have been tried and tested. Some become successful, but many are not. Many of those efforts were concentrated on strategies around the patient. Approaches must be focused on making the patient feel his or her involvement in managing his or her own health. In this manner, the patient will be more willing to take medications and be able to see the progress of her recovery.

There is an evolving care delivery model known as Interactive Patient Care (IPC). This model is based on the premise that a more engaged patient is a satisfied patient with better outcomes.

The current era of the healthcare system has been focused on improving the quality of the patient care and fast improvement recovery rate. This includes finding solutions that promise performance improvement in both managing patient care delivery and in managing the health of populations – it is significant that we make patient and family engagement a central part of the strategy.