Microblogs: Patient Engagement

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The Role of Subcultures in Wellness Initiatives
Health promotion initiatives frequently emphasize individual motivation, skill development, and personalized support. This focus on the individual should be expanded to include efforts to shape the social context for behavior.
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Simple Scoring System Could Help
Patients Avoid Diabetes, Study Suggests

Tool Can Track Reductions in Risk Over Time

A simple scoring system can track the reduction in diabetes risk produced by lifestyle changes and medication in people with pre-diabetes, a new study has found. The findings suggest the potential that the tool could be a good way to motivate patients to stick with the diet and exercise changes that could save them from developing full-blown diabetes.

“We knew that a person’s MetS severity score helped predict their future chances of developing diabetes and heart disease; this was the first time we have been able to show that a decrease in score during treatment reflected a decrease in risk of future disease,” said researcher Mark DeBoer, MD, a University of Virginia Children’s Hospital pediatrician who developed the scoring system with his colleague Matthew J. Gurka, PhD, at the University of Florida. “This means that following the score over time gives a patient an indication if their recent changes in exercise and diet are helping to decrease their chances of developing diabetes.”
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Translating Consumer Engagement to Patient Engagement
Customers are demanding very different kinds of relationships with companies. Here are some ways to jump-start customer engagement across your organization.
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Patient Segmentation
Segmentation analysis helps health care stakeholders understand attitudes and behaviors to attract, retain, and engage consumers.
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Understanding Population Needs to Target Patient Engagement
Target patient engagement interventions are necessary in patient groups with vastly different needs, according to a new Deloitte report.
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A Community Model That Delivers — For Patients and Partners
When people living with chronic health conditions think of the resources they need throughout their journeys, HCPs, treatments and care teams often top the list. However, nobody understands the pain, fatigue and frustration better than others who live with these conditions, making the need for information, validation and connection especially strong among patients and their caregivers.
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Patient Adherence: Supporting Patients to Drive Better Outcomes
When it comes to health risks, there is one condition that is doing more harm to the health of patients than poor diets, lack of exercise, or even smoking. It is failure to take prescribed medications, also known as nonadherence.
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Create Effective Patient Support Programs by Putting the Patient First
Solutions need to be built on a concept of patient-centered design. This goes much deeper than simply designing a user-friendly interface; solutions that work in the real world must effectively support everyday tasks and the patient’s own goals while also being engaging to use.
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Podcast: Providing effective support for people living with cancer: Insights from health psychology
Laura Moore, Ed.D, CHES, Lead Health Psychology Specialist, Atlantis Healthcare
Dr. Laura Moore discusses the concept of “chronic cancer,” and the changing treatment landscape. She talks about the challenges in supporting people as they adjust to a cancer diagnosis and engage in self-management of their illness, including treatment adherence. She explains how ongoing education and personalized support can help individuals across their treatment experience. The importance of a collaborative patient-HCP dialogue, and the role of the caregiver are also addressed.
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