Tag Archives: patient engagement

What’s in a Nudge? Our SXSW Submission

I am super excited about the panel I submitted for SXSW 2018. It’s called “What’s in a Nudge? Behavior Change in Health” and it will focus on the uses and limits of behavioral economics in engaging patients with their healthcare. I’m a little amazed at the caliber of the speakers who agreed to be part of the panel–all women who I admire professionally and personally: Continue reading What’s in a Nudge? Our SXSW Submission

“Narrate This Like This Is a Ken Burns Documentary”: 2 Dope Queens on Patient Care

Blurry view of hospital corridor.If you want to hear about some bad bedside manner, I highly recommend a recent episode (“Goo”) of the podcast Two Dope Queens, starring Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. Williams found a lump in her breast and made an appointment to get an ultrasound to find out what it was. She talks about her experience with the ultrasound and subsequent biopsy, and highlights a couple of unfortunately all-too-common negative patient experiences along the way.  I’d chalk these experiences up to at least two dynamics: Lack of empathy, and lack of communication. Continue reading “Narrate This Like This Is a Ken Burns Documentary”: 2 Dope Queens on Patient Care

What Does It Mean to Say a Patient Is Engaged?

What does it mean to say (1)In the past few years, “patient engagement” has become a key focus for health care providers and coaches. I think its visibility has increased as changes in health care laws in the United States force a realization that people must take control of their own care to some extent in order to reduce burden on the system.

Like many terms that are used a lot, “patient engagement” means different things to different people. A recent literature review outlines the many ways the term has been used and breaks down the meaning by academic field. Some highlights include: Continue reading What Does It Mean to Say a Patient Is Engaged?