Patient Activation Reference Guide

Military Heath System

The Patient Activation Reference Guide is designed to provide skills and techniques to health care team members as they encourage and enable patients to assume greater control and responsibility of their health and health care. It consists of five modules that each offer insight and background on an aspect of patient activation as well as links to a wide range of resources that assist the team in moving the patient forward on the patient activation continuum.

Activated patients have the motivation, information, skills and confidence to effectively make decisions about their health care. They are engaged in partnerships to improve their health and well-being in the context of a patient and family-centered environment and have been found to enjoy better health outcomes than patients who are less involved in their care.

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