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

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.