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Engaging patients is crucial to improving health outcomes

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1367 (Published 08 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1367
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Engaging patients in managing their own care is vital to get better value in health care, achieve better health outcomes, and control costs, experts said at a recent briefing in Washington, DC. They regretted that this topic had been largely absent from the public debate over health reform.

    The consumer is “the greatest untapped resource” in tackling the problems of health reform, said Don Kemper, chief executive officer of the consumer education and advocacy group Healthwise (www.healthwise.org). Patients must be empowered with better information to prevent and manage chronic conditions on a daily basis, he said.

    He urged a shift from information being viewed as “about your care to one in which information is care.” …

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