PsychU Spotlight:
Patients & Caregivers

Patients’, and their caregivers’, engagement in the treatment of mental illness can have drastic effects on health care outcomes. For example, high patient activation has been shown to lower rates of costly hospitalizations and emergency department visits.i The patient / caregiver voice provides essential details that only the individual being treated can define (e.g. life goals), and that may vary in significant ways from treatment goals defined by health care professionals. As behavioral health moves its focus toward measuring value, it’s increasingly important for all stakeholders to consider the unique insights that patients and caregivers can provide. During March, PsychU is encouraging its members to check out its special collection of curated resources revolving around patients and caregivers (below).

iHibbard, J. & Green, J. (2013). What the evidence shows about patient activation: Better health outcomes and care experiences; Fewer data on costs. Health Affairs (32)2: 207-214. Retrieved January 6, 2017 from http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/2/207.full.pdf+html

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