When Patient Activation Levels Change, Health Outcomes And Costs Change, Too

Using a Patient Activation Measure, they found that results indicating higher activation in 2010 were associated with nine out of thirteen better health outcomes—including better clinical indicators, more healthy behaviors, and greater use of women’s preventive screening tests—as well as with lower costs two years later. Changes in activation level were associated with changes in over half of the health outcomes examined, as well as costs, in the expected directions.

1Jessica Greene (jessgreeneatgwu.edu ) is a professor in the School of Nursing, the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. 2Judith H. Hibbard is a professor emerita and senior researcher in the Health Policy Research Group ISE, University of Oregon, in Eugene. 3Rebecca Sacks is a research assistant in the School of Nursing, the George Washington University.