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2 Tips You Can Start Using Today to Increase Patient Engagement

2 Tips You Can Start Using Today to Increase Patient Engagement

Patient engagement is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot these days. Depending on your role, it might mean making a personal connection with a patient, having a process for engaging a patient in communication over time, or creating services that keep patients returning to the practice to work on their goals.

Personal Health Engagement™ (PHE) as a Standard for Health Education

Personal Health Engagement™ (PHE) as a Standard for Health Education

Hello and welcome back to our blog dedicated to Healthy Interactions mission of Personal Health Engagement (PHE). My goal is to put a face to PHE and celebrate all who have been involved in this global movement. Throughout the last eight years, I have had the pleasure to work with professionals from over 120 countries, which I think is awesome!

Shifting the Focus in Diabetes Self-Management Support

I have been providing group diabetes support sessions for the last seven years: same place, same time, and mostly the same people. I get 3 to 10 participants for a 90-minute monthly session. The sessions are very engaging with a lot of learning among all in attendance, including myself.

Graduation Season

Graduation, whether from grammar school, high school, or college, is never the end; it’s a new beginning. Diabetes Self-Management Support (DSMS) can be that new beginning for patients with diabetes, after “graduating” from our self-management education sessions. Just as a new high school graduate looks ahead to college with excitement and a little apprehension, our patients look ahead to their future with diabetes with lots of different emotions.

Personal Health Engagement™ in Action

Installment 4: How do we create concordance? The determinants of patient non‐compliance have been examined for years in an effort to better understand how to improve patient adherence. Patient and provider concordance is a factor that affects compliance. While compliance relates to how a patient is expected to follow advice from a healthcare professional, concordance represents a partnership between the patient and the health care professional.

Personal Health Engagement™ in Action

Installment 5: Health Engagement. Health engagement fulfills a very therapeutic and purposeful role in our lives. It begins when we realize that in order to be well, we need to be interested in our own well-being. It continues when we put that into practice in the course of our daily lives – living in the present and making the best health decisions we can based upon current circumstances.

Personal Health Engagement™ in Action

Installment 3: How do you empower patients? We all strive to empower our patients in order to achieve better self-management. However, the interesting thing about empowerment is that there is actually no clear method to define, deliver or measure it. Upon closer observation, this should come as no surprise. Considering the many variables in play, from each provider’s individual style, to each patient’s internal and external needs, it is impossible to develop a formula that will deliver patient empowerment.

Personal Health Engagement™ in Action

Patients generally consult healthcare providers because they want to address immediate discomfort. The good news is that in doing so, they are actually playing a role in self-activation. The not so good news is that despite this first step, they still have a long way to go in becoming fully activated and engaged

Personal Health Engagement™ in Action

Learner-centered Education. What does a patient-centered approach mean to you? With this online series, I would like to generate a real exchange focused on Personal Health Engagement™ (PHE), in which I plan to share with you what I have learned from healthcare providers around the world and also to hear from you about the everyday realities of working with patients. The

What Is Your Teaching Philosophy?

Ever since I was a sophomore in college, I knew that I wanted to be a dietitian. What I never really considered at the time was that the majority of my career would be spent as an educator. In college I studied chemistry, biology and nutrition, but only took one education course.