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Improving Patient Satisfaction and Engagement

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When patients understand what to expect from their care, they are better able to engage and take an active role in working with their providers to help improve the quality of their care. Patient experience is an important gauge for providers to learn how well they are treating their patients in all aspects of care and adjust their practices accordingly.

Quick Facts

  • Patients keep or change providers based on their care experiences.
  • Patients and their families care about the interpersonal aspects of health care. Patients rate communication and other aspects of the doctor-patient relationship as key elements of quality.
  • According to the Journal of Family Practice, the more activated patients are, the more likely they are to obtain preventive care such as health screenings and immunizations, and to adopt healthy behaviors such as eating right, exercising, monitoring conditions and following treatment, asking questions of providers, and using quality information to select a provider. 

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