Partnering with Patients to Drive Shared Decisions, Better Value, and Care Improvement - Workshop Proceedings


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Empowering patients and families to become active partners in their health care — not merely passive participants — is a critical step on the road to achieving the best care at lower cost. Yet the changes necessary to transform the patient role are significant. Encouraging patient engagement in care decisions, value, and research is crucial to achieving better care, improved health, and lower health care costs.

This publication details discussions during the February 2013 IOM workshop, sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation. The event gathered patients and experts in areas such as decision science, evidence generation, communication strategies, and health economics to consider the central roles patients can play to bring about progress in all facets of the U.S. health care system. The workshop built on the ongoing work of the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care to raise awareness and demand from patients and families for better care at lower costs and to create a health care system that learns and improves continuously.

In addition to the video below, a 4-page meeting summary is also available.