Patient assessments are used in various settings by different medical professionals. They can be part of a proactive process (e.g., during an Annual Wellness Visit) or when some symptoms or signals indicate further assessment is necessary.
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Engaging patients has become more of a focal point for healthcare. Motivated people tend to believe in their ability to improve or maintain their quality of life.
Comprehensive care coordination provides professional support to patients, helping them navigate healthcare and manage their health better. To that end, research on SMART goals has demonstrated its value toward patients creating healthier habits and achieving better health outcomes. When combined with Motivational Interviewing techniques, SMART goals establish clear, internally-motivating, and measurable goals that align with what’s most important to each individual.
Patient engagement is vital to improving healthcare outcomes and it is a key objective of value-based care.
According to the National Academy of Medicine, consistent patient engagement can influence improved outcomes and reduce costs for chronic disease management. However, this participation “remains limited.”
Patient engagement is vital to improving healthcare outcomes, especially within value-based care. But limited access to care teams or a general lack of awareness of resources can prohibit communication between patients and their providers.