Health Activation Vs. Engagement: What the Difference? Does Activation Affect Healthcare Cost & Quality?
Activation. Engagement. We hear these two terms A LOT in employee benefits and healthcare. But what do they mean, what is the difference and more importantly, WHY does it matter? There is an excellent article in the February 2013 issue of Health Affairs by Judith Hubbard and Jessica Green entitled, “What the Evidence Shows About Patient Activation: Better Health Outcome and Care Experiences; Fewer Data on Costs.” The abstract is available for free, but the full article requires a subscription to Health Affairs to view it. In the article, the authors define Activation as: “…patients’ willingness and ability to take independent1Read Our Blog