The Patient Involvement Model
That a patient’s involvement in their own healthcare helps create more positive outcomes – better health at lower cost – is now “conventional wisdom,” a conclusion based on solid and growing research.
But “conventional wisdom” has not always been so wise. As Janet Woodcock, the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said during a public workshop in 2000:
“A century or more of a professional model that didn’t trust patients with information has created much inertia to be overcome.”
Dr. Mark McClellan, former Commissioner of the FDA, talks about consumers needing “information they can trust to make smart decisions.”
The better the information patients can access, the better their involvement becomes, and the better are individual health results.
Information is the key. Access for all is the lock. Understanding is the open door.