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Background

Person and family engagement goes beyond simply inviting the patient and their caregiver to be part of the team.  True engagement results in patients and families who are actively involved in their care and proactive in reaching out for more information and assistance to help them reach their goals.  Highly active patients are more likely to follow through in their treatment plans, adopt healthier behaviors, and are more confident in managing their chronic and/or acute conditions.

Measurement of patient activation with a standardized tool supports practices in understanding where a patient is on the readiness scale and allows for clinicians to tailor their approaches to best suit the patient.

The intent of this metric is for practices to use a standard method to measure a patient’s activation level.  Patient activation describes the level of a “patient’s knowledge, skills, ability, and willingness to manage his or her own health and care.”

Metric

Does the practice utilize a tool to assess and measure patient activation?

You’ll meet this metric if:

Your practice is using a standard PAM tool to assess and measure patient activation

AND/OR

You practice has developed their own tool (Please share your tool in the comment box) to assess and measure patient activation

AND/OR

Your practice is using any of the other tools listed below to assess and measure patient activation

Resources

Tools to measure patient activation can include the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) (link), but it can also include other tools that measure a patient’s willingness and capacity to take on the role of managing their own health and health care

*Free access to the PAM may be available through your local QIN/QIO.

Other tools that measure a patient’s willingness and capacity to take on the role of managing their own health and health care include:

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