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Giving Patients an Active Role in Their Health Care

Posted by @DanHinmon, Nov 22, 2016

This article argues that what’s needed in healthcare is a fundamental redesign of the patient’s role — from that of a passive recipient of care to an active participant charged with defined responsibilities, equipped to dispatch them, and accountable for the results.

In other words, we need to view the patient’s role as a job and then design that job in such a way as to drive the best health outcomes possible.

A 2012 study cited by the study’s authors estimated that the self-management of a chronic illness demands, on average, two hours of patient work each day — work that is often poorly supported, stressful, and frustrating in nature.

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