Do we have patient engagement backwards?


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We hear a lot about patient engagement, including from me, but have we been getting it backwards? Patients are looking for answers, they’re looking for advice, it’s just that there is too little access, increasing out of pocket costs and too often little ability to “Do It Yourself”, but DIY will become more and more common. PWC picked DIY as the leading trend in health care in 2015 (http://www.pwc.com/us/tophealthissues). With higher deductibles, many health care consumers will look for less expensive alternatives to entering the health system at all.

There was a great post, “Why We Are Getting Patient Engagement Backwards” this week on the The Health Care Blog by Joe Smith, MD (hat tip to @JoeBabaian). Smith asks: What if patient engagement isn’t about the patient, but about the health care system engaging with them?

According to Smith:

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