Aligning Forces for Quality--South Central Pennsylvania implemented a Patient Partner program, where patients serve as members of their practices' quality improvement teams.
Engaging Patients to Prevent Cardiac Disease
The Greater Detroit Area Health Council, an Aligning Forces for Quality alliance, developed a Cardiac Disease Prevention Exercise Program in collaboration with physician partners to demonstrate how patients can lower their risk of heart disease through exercise.
People who are actively engaged in their health care are more likely to stay healthy, while those who lack the skills and confidence to manage their own care often require more of it and incur up to 21 percent higher health care costs. On an April 15 webinar, community alliances leading the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative presented lessons for how hospitals, primary care providers and patients are working together to improve care and empower patients.
Resources on Increasing Patient Engagement
This issue brief presents key lessons about what’s working in Aligning Forces for Quality communities to improve the quality and value of health care by engaging patients.Read the brief
This set of case studies explores how five Aligning Forces for Quality communities engaged patients in their care.See what AF4Q communities are doing
We sat down with Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes, project co-director, and Melissa Jones, project director for Aligning Forces Humboldt, to discuss insights into engaging patients.Read the interview
This resource guide provides additional information for patients and clinicians on enhancing patient engagement.Check out more tools on patient engagement
Unengaged patients can incur costs up to 21% higher than patients who are highly engaged in their care.
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Quality Field Notes presents key lessons learned by regional alliances of clinicians, patients, and payers in Aligning Forces for Quality communities as they work to transform local health care and provide models for national reform.
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