Find your patient engagement level...

How engaged are you as a patient consumer?

Are you an active participant in your own health and healthcare?

Your level of activation plays an important role in your overall health.

This assessment provides you with a look at how passive or active of a role you currently take and provides tips on how you can improve.

The following questions ask about your interest in health information and how you make decisions about your health care.

Please rate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements:

1)  It is important to be informed about health issues.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree
2) I actively make choices that help me prevent diseases and/or illnesses.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree
3) I leave it completely up to my doctor to make the right decisions about my health.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree
4) It is important to me to stay up-to-date about health issues that may affect me/my family.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree
5) My doctor and I work closely to make sure I am managing my health.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree
6) I have a hard time understanding most health issues because they are too complicated.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree
7) My doctor and I often talk about information that I've read or seen that is relevant to my health care.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree
8) I receive all my information about managing my health from my doctor.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree
9) A majority of the health information I read is difficult to understand.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree
10) I take the time to research and understand my personal health risks.

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly Agree

 

Demographic Information







Chronic Conditions (e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer):


I have seen a clinician in the past 12 months for routine preventive care:
I have seen a clinician in the past 12 months to treat an on-going health condition:
I regularly take supplements such as vitamins:
I exercise for 20 minutes or more at least twice a week:
I have seen alternative health providers such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, in the past 12 months:
I subscribe to or regularly read a health-related web site or magazine:
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Your Patient Engagement Score is:

Low engagement consumer-patient

Average engagement consumer-patient

High engagement consumer-patient

Very high engagement consumer-patient

Scale
0-10: Low engagement consumer-patient
11-30: Average engagement consumer-patient
31-50: High engagement consumer-patient
51-60: Very high engagement consumer-patient

Low engagement consumer-patient
As an unengaged consumer-patient, you take little to no personal engagement in your own healthcare. The information you receive comes only from your doctor and there is little to no dialogue happening during your doctor visits. Many medical terms may be difficult for you to understand and you rarely ask for clarification from your physician. You don't actively make choices that help prevent diseases and/or illnesses, but mostly because you aren't aware of what those decisions are.

You can become more engaged by researching questions to ask your doctor at your next visit. When a word you don't understand is said, stop and ask your doctor to clarify. Ask your doctor for take home information and recommend resources that can help you learn more about making important health choices that can improve your overall health. If your doctor refuses to engage in conversation and help you make steps towards an engaged partnership, you may consider researching other doctors in your area.

Average engagement consumer-patient
As a passively engaged consumer-patient, you have some engagement in your own healthcare, but most of the information comes directly from your doctor. While some dialogue is happening during your doctor visits, you don't ask questions often and trust your physician is making the correct choice without asking for explanations. You believe there are small changes you can make to improve your overall health, but do not actively make those changes on a regular basis.

You can become more engaged by asking questions when you do not understand something you've heard, read or that your doctor is saying. While it is good to trust your physician when it comes to your care, it is also important to research your doctor's recommendations and make sure they truly work for you. Talk with your doctor about your personal health risks.

High engagement consumer-patient
As an actively engaged consumer-patient, you take a mostly active role in your healthcare, but still rely on majority of the information from your doctor. Dialogue happens often between you and your doctor and you usually ask questions if you do not understand. You understand the steps you should take to prevent diseases and illnesses and make decisions based on those steps with your doctor.

You can become more engaged by researching health issues that may affect you or your family from external sources to compliment the conversations you have with your doctor. While you are actively engaged, it is also important to become independent of your doctor when you gather health information. Various sources will allow you to make the best-informed decision by pairing those sources with conversations you have had with your doctor.

Very high engagement consumer-patient
As a highly engaged consumer-patient, you take an active role in your healthcare and find it important to research and understand healthcare issues that may affect you or your family independently of your doctor. Upon visiting your doctor, you have questions would you like answered and openly encourage dialogue. You find it very important to educate yourself on health issues from external resources other than your doctor and take the time to personally assess your health risks, then discuss with your doctor to come up with a health plan that works for you.

You can continue to stay engaged by encouraging dialogue with your doctors. Researching healthcare topics and having questions ready for your doctor is a critical part of your engagement and it should continue. Stay up-to-date about health issues that may affect you or your family's health and partner with your doctor to come up with a tailored health plan. By actively researching and making choices towards a healthier lifestyle for you or your family, you create an high-quality environment for your health.

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