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Journal of Ambulatory Care Management:
doi: 10.1097/JAC.0b013e3182955af7
New Feature: Snapshots of Patient Engagement

Improvement of Patients' Health Confidence: A Comparison of 15 Primary Care Practices and a National Sample

Ho, Lynn MD; Haresch, John Watt MD; Nunlist, Mark MD; Schwarz, Adam MD; Wasson, John H. MD

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Abstract

Patient health confidence is an easy-to-obtain proxy measure for patient engagement and patient activation. In evidence-based literature syntheses, longitudinal studies, and empiric analyses, this measure is related to desirable consequence of medical care. Adult patients from 15 primary care practices and a national sample report on changes in health confidence over time. Exemplary practices describe how this information is used as a foundation for behaviorally sophisticated actions so necessary for improving health confidence.

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