This King’s Fund report introduces a new concept and method for measuring patient engagement. “Patient Activation” is a behavioural model which offers insights about why some patients engage more fully in their health and care than others.
Up to 70% of premature deaths may be caused by unhealthy behaviour, so patient engagement has a lot to offer potentially. This document covers US and UK-based evidence. It discusses a patient-reported measure, termed the “Patient Activation Measure (PAM)”, for assessing patient activation levels. Patient activation promises to reduce health inequalities and improve outcomes with lower costs.
“PAM measures an individual’s knowledge, skill, and confidence for self-management. Research shows that appropriately designed interventions can increase patients’ levels of activation, with associated health benefits”.
Hibbard, J. [and] Gilburt, H. (2014). Supporting people to manage their health: an introduction to patient activation. London: The King’s Fund, May 2014.