The Role of Patient Activation on Patient-Provider Communication and Quality of Care for US and Foreign Born Latino Patients

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Researchers have shown that patients who receive more health care information and training have an increased ability to manage their health care (patient “activation”).

In this article, data from a study on U.S.-born and foreign-born Latinos were examined, finding that U.S.-born Latinos had significantly greater patient activation scores than foreign-born Latinos. As might be expected, Latinos who spoke English and reported excellent health had higher activation scores compared to their Spanish-speaking counterparts and those reporting fair or poor health.

Improving Latinos' activation level may help improve patient-provider communication and quality of health care, thereby helping to improve services.