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In the Spotlight
Hardwiring Patient Engagement into Care Delivery Processes
A recent NEJM Catalyst Insights Council survey indicates that most organizations are relying on health care teams to engage patients and sustain that engagement. The survey also notes two other promising approaches that may help ease the burden on the care team and increase overall engagement: patient engagement technology tools and social networks that connect patients and family members to each other.
What If We Flipped the Patient Discharge Process?
A team at Sheffield Teaching Hospital in the UK wanted to assess frail older patients after discharge, in their own homes instead of in the acute care setting. This small test led to more iterative tests and eventually became the way care is now delivered, with the patient at the center. The Sheffield team estimates that people get to be in their own homes an average four days sooner than before the changes were made.
Improving Care for Individuals with Complex Needs
Improving care for people with complex health care and social needs is a growing priority for many health systems and care providers. This article explores five key priorities that emerged during the creation of
The Better Care Playbook
, a free online resource that provides evidence-based or experience-informed ideas for improving care.
How Important Is Advance Care Planning?
Ten years ago, National Healthcare Decisions Day was founded to encourage people to create and have conversations about advance care plans with loved ones and providers. In celebration of the tenth anniversary, this blog post outlines simple steps anyone can take to begin conversations around advance care planning and encourage others to do so, too.
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