Patient engagement is a crucial strategy for decreasing healthcare costs while improving medical outcomes. Compliance is key factor.

A study performed by the Blue Shield of California Foundation by Langer Research Associates polled  1,000 low-income patients located at 200% below poverty level. Results show that 70% were confident in making decisions about their healthcare when they were well informed about their health and almost 7 in every 10 felt confident in asking their providers questions.  Additionally results showed  more than 50% felt “highly informed and understood their doctor’s advice and treatment plans as opposed to only 18% who felt less informed.

Conclusions drawn from the study are that many patients desire  more meaningful, closer personal relationships with their doctors.  When options are mutually decided upon and understood, patient compliance rate soars and health improves.

Isn’t that what healthcare is all about?

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