Developing a consensus definition of patient engagement to facilitate active, informed participation in health care

This project will develop a definition of patient engagement, including its evidence-based determinants, and develop and execute a plan to disseminate it to key stakeholders. Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is the signature effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities. AF4Q communities have made great strides in involving members of the public at both the patient and community levels. At the same time, new legislation, such as the Affordable Care Act, and health-care-delivery models, such as patient-centered medical homes, include requirements for patient engagement for AF4Q, as well as for other communities. However, the field lacks consensus on a definition and the evidence-based determinants. This project will involve interviewing and convening patient-engagement experts and key stakeholders to arrive at a consensus definition, and dissemination strategies will involve individual outreach to key stakeholders and use of social media, such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, and the Center for Advancing Health newsletter.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 12/6/2012

Time frame: 1/1/2013 - 6/30/2014

Grant Number: 70645


Center for Advancing Health

2000 Florida Avenue, N.W., Suite 210
Washington, 20009-1231


Jessie C. Gruman
Project Director