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Potential benefits of “well engaged patients” are akin to those from a blockbuster drug, say experts

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f886 (Published 08 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f886
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Patient engagement could become “the blockbuster drug of the century,” researchers have said. This was because well informed and engaged patients were better at self management and were associated with lower healthcare costs, they told a forum on the topic held in Washington, DC, to unveil the February issue of Health Affairs, which focuses on patient engagement.1

“We believe that outcomes of quality, safety, and cost will be improved—and improved in a sustainable fashion—by meaningfully focusing on patients and their families,” said George Bo-Linn, chief program officer of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which aims to “create positive outcomes for future generations” in the San Francisco Bay …

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