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This paper introduces a way of conceptualising and measuring engagement that is known as ‘patient activation’. Patient activation provides a better understanding of why some patients engage fully with their health and others do not. More importantly, the study of patient activation has led to the design of many effective interventions, which in turn have led to greater patient participation and engagement in health care. Drawing on evidence from the United States and the United Kingdom, the paper demonstrates how using patient activation to intervene in the delivery of health and health care can reduce health inequalities, deliver improved outcomes, better quality care and lower costs.
Realising the Value is about strengthening the case for change, identifying evidence-based approaches that engage people in their own health and care, and developing tools to support implementation across the NHS and local communities.
Self-management support is the help given to people with long term conditions to enable them to manage their health on a day-to-day basis.
All people with long term conditions and their carers make decisions, take actions and manage a broad range of factors that contribute to their health and wellbeing on a day-to-day basis. In fact, the vast majority of the time, it is they who are managing their health and wellbeing and not an individual health professional or service.
It is therefore common sense – supported by health policy and evidence of positive outcomes – that health professionals, teams, and services (both within and beyond the NHS) should enable people to manage their health as effectively as possible, alongside providing good clinical care.
Self-management support can be viewed in two ways: as a portfolio of techniques and tools to help patients choose healthy behaviours; and as a fundamental transformation of the patient-caregiver relationship into a collaborative partnership.
The Self Care Forum was set up in May 2011 to further the reach of self care and embed it into everyday life.
The Patient Information Forum (PIF) is the UK membership organisation and network for people working in, and involved with, healthcare information and support.
Health Lab is a new initiative from Nesta to improve people’s health and wellbeing, in the context of an ageing population and is about creating real change to improve people’s health.
Health Literacy means more than being able to read pamphlets and successfully make appointments. By improving people's access to health information and their capacity to use it effectively, health literacy is critical to empowerment.
This report is an optimistic take on what a health system would look like in 2030 if new knowledge is used differently and more people play a role in managing health.
The four axes of change set out in the report are: the promise of precision medicine; a health knowledge commons stretching beyond traditional actors; a system powered by more people and new kinds of relationships; and taking advantage of contemporary behavioural insights.
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