Tag: patient activation

Patient Activation Measure: An Effective Way to Promote Self-Management

A little knowledge can be a precious thing, especially when it comes to health care management. According to researcher Judith Hibbard, it’s an essential component of what she calls “patient activation”: having the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage your own health and health care. Hibbard has led the field in developing ways to measure

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Aging in place with in-kind work

by Phil Burgess There are two views of aging in America. In one, a 70 year-old woman drives another to the doctor.  Across town, a later-life adult takes an even older neighbor to do her grocery shopping and then helps her bring the groceries into the house and makes sure they are properly stored.  When

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Health Care Reforms Need the Input of Elderly Persons and their Caregivers!

From Dr. Joanne Lynn, Director, Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute  “Nothing about me without me!”  That’s the cry of the disability community and the AIDS community and so many others affected by health care dysfunctions.  But for the elderly, thus far, it has been acceptable for everyone else to shape the

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The Case for Identifying Family Caregivers on Medical Records

By Suzanne Mintz President and CEO, National Family Caregivers Association  www.nfcacares.org Across the chronic care continuum there are only two people who are consistently present, a patient and that person’s family caregiver. Family caregivers are acknowledged as the nation’s primary providers of long-term care, but they are not equally acknowledged as primary providers of their

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Dr. Joanne Lynn Highlights Project RED to Improve Discharge Planning

Dr. Joanne Lynn describes Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge), a program developed by Dr. Brian Jack and his colleagues at Boston University. It is designed to help hospitals to re-engineer their discharge processes, and offers some free online materials and guidance, as well as IT-enabled patient transition aids. You can read more about the details of

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Dr. Joanne Lynn’s Overview of Approaches that Work to Improve Transitions

In today’s installment of the video series on improving care transitions, Dr. Joanne Lynn describes three crticial elements for ensuring smoother transitions. These are standardizing the process (in part by mapping what you do now and understanding how the current system works–or does not); activating and mobilizing patients and caregivers to take charge of the

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Community-Based Care Transitions Program – Section 3026 funding

Despite widespread interest in the $500 million budget allotted for Community-Based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) under the Affordable Care Act, many stakeholders are confused about the exact nature of the program. What does it aim to do? Who is eligible to apply for the funds? Aim: CCTP aims to improve the reliability and effectiveness of

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AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program site for consumers launches

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program site encourages patients to be proactive in making treatment decisions, offering a series of how-to guides, treatment guidelines, and real-patient stories about making health care decisions. The site puts the results of various research studies into plain-language information for consumers and families.

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