Patient engagement is critical as we move toward population health—as patients who engage in their own care by following medical recommendations and making healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices will have better outcomes and experiences.
There isn’t, however, a clear path to successful patient engagement. Fortunately, public health can lend several established principles that may help us better involve patients in their own care:
- Using systematic, population-level solutions that require less individual effort.
- Engaging patients on interpersonal and community levels as well as personal.
- Identifying root-cause, assessing and capitalizing on strengths, and engaging stakeholders.
- Using strategies from behavioral economics to help individuals make good choices.
- Anticipating failure and learning from it.