“Patient engagement is a skill not a trait. Being an engaged patient and actively engaging patients are not intuitive skills. Patients and clinicians learn these skills over time and through partnership with a supportive team.”
~ Institute of Medicine 2013
If patient engagement is a skill and not a trait, then busy clinicians need simple ways to advance the overarching goal of partnering with patients for better outcomes. Likewise patients and families need simple tools to learn how to partner with clinicians.
If you agree that engagement is a learning experience for patients, families and clinicians then using simple tools used at the bedside will foster the conversation and bring evidence into shared discussion. Tools such as “How Can I Help Prevent a Fall?” or “What Should I Know About Catheters?”
If educational materials are to be “tools” for effective patient-clinician engagement, both the design and use of the tools must be seen in the context of Partnership.
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