Patient Engagement: are patients able to be active participants in care? Martine Ehrenclou, @Med_Writer #Nurseup:"Taking charge of your healthcare means taking charge of yourself as a patient and meeting the medical provider half way. Studies show that if patients are actively involved in care and partner with providers, that they experience better health outcomes and lower costs. See Health Affairs policy brief here.
But for patients to be active participants in care they must be willing to acquire knowledge about their diagnoses and treatment plans and learn how to navigate our complex healthcare system. That is no simple task for any patient, as it is a steep learning curve. It requires motivation and the ability to do basic research, to keep track of symptoms and share those symptoms with providers, to understand basic medical information, to ask questions and partner with medical providers in shared decision-making, and to take ownership of medical information."
Did you know, the National Nurses in Business Association is one of the few professional nursing organizations for Nurse Entrepreneurs? Nurses in Business?
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