Engaging Health Care Users: A Framework for Healthy Individuals and Communities – American Hospital Association – 2013

Posted on February 19, 2013. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: |

Engaging Health Care Users: A Framework for Healthy Individuals and Communities – American Hospital Association – 2013

Benjamin K. Chu and John G. O’Brien, co-chairs

Extract from the executive summary

“The American Hospital Association (AHA) in its framework for health reform, Health for Life, embraces the need to engage patients and families and contemplates the role of hospitals and health care systems in improving the total health of the population and community they are serving. Within this context, in 2012 the AHA Committee on Research decided to focus on patient and family engagement. This subject has taken on increasing importance with the growing recognition that actively engaging health care users in their care can improve outcomes and reduce health care costs. To adequately embrace the AHA’s mission to improve the health of people and communities, hospitals must become more “activist” in their orientation and move “upstream”—that is, they must do more to engage patients earlier in the disease process.”

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