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Quick note as I run to the airport –

Last May we reported on a study in process at Emory University about whether a “safety-net” (poor) population would engage with a personal health record. The preliminary results in that poster showed that what predicted patient performance was not how poor they were, nor how bad their mental health condition was, nor how bad their chronic condition was – what predicted performance was how activated the patient is – how engaged they are, as measured by the PAM Patient Activation Measure.

Today, a new piece by Pauline Chen in the New York Times “Well” blog reports a similar outcome at Fairview Health Services in the Twin Cities.

At first blush this looks to be huge news for the participatory medicine movement. Check it out.

(For more information on the PAM, see also our October post, with an in-depth presentation about the PAM from its creator, Dr. Judith Hibbard of the University of Oregon. In a comment at bottom she added a long list of publications that link activation to outcomes.)



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