Running Head: ADDRESSING LACK OF PATIENT PARTICIPATION 1
ADDRESSING LACK OF PATIENT PARTICIPATION 2
Incompliance participation on preventive care
NUR4400 Quality and Safety in Healthcare
November 30, 2021
Dr. Julio Garcia
It is vital for patients to actively participate in their care. Research has shown that this helps in improving their results and experience. It also enhances their life quality and ensures that health care professionals deliver appropriate and affordable services. Therefore, health plans should seek strategies to address the issue of lack of patient participation from patients in preventive care. Severe illnesses such as diabetes, colon cancer and breast cancer are among the illnesses that require this preventive care. This is due to the fact that they call for frequent check-ups in order to monitor them actively. Ensuring that patients are engaged in their care offers a satisfying experience, which increases the loyalty of the patient. Going as far as offering them an opportunity to make wise decisions concerning their health can reduce their readmissions to the hospital. It also repairs the revenue leaks in the collections of patients.
The initial step to addressing the lack of participation is through encouraging involvement. It is the dream of all patients to improve their health outcomes. For them to see the benefits of taking part in activities such as screening and caring for themselves, they may not see the benefit of the treatment. Therefore, the healthcare professional should make it a team effort and push the patient to take part in their care actively. If the healthcare professional fails to do these, then the patient may not stick with the care at all, which may lead to not achieving the optimal results (Earl, V., Beasley, D., Ye, C., et al.,2021).
Another step to increasing patient participation in preventive care is by sharing information. At most times, the patients normally know how to fill out the resulting survey, but this does not mean that they will do it. Thus, patients need to understand the importance of outcomes via shared decision-making. According to the World Health Organization, among the most popular source of patient dissatisfaction is not feeling well informed about their care. Sharing information concerning the importance of cancer screening and diabetes care to their health outcomes may persuade them to be proactive in their care. The information should also be unbiased and clear so that the patient can make informed decisions. They should understand their decisions may change their lives. When patients become more involved, they improve their knowledge, their anxiety reduces, and they are getting more satisfaction.
Healthcare facilities should also adopt an engagement system that will ensure that the patients are constantly reminded of appointments such as screening. The facilities should, for instance, use appointment reminder technologies in sending engagement communications that promote participation in preventive care. This may be meant such as sending automated messages to patients that remind patients to take actions such as preventive screenings and vaccinations. This would ensure that patients do not miss their appointments prompting patients to act, increasing preventive care (Ridgeway, J. L., Njeru, J. W., et al. 2021).
Healthcare facilities should also overcome barriers. This is by considering the reason behind patients failing to seek preventive care on their own. The major challenge facing the expansion of routine service to healthy patients is the fact that health screening is not at the top of mind for individuals when they are not ailing. Technology-enabled messages are the effective solution to the issue. This is because they offer awareness to preventive care by enabling patients to understand how and why they should adhere to routine checkups. Therefore, healthcare facilities should ensure they have enough resources to invest in automated and engaging communication with patients.
There is also another way to solve these issues and is by standardize the mange care for patient treating every patient as an individual. Through advanced data analytics, health facilities are categorizing patients’ according to risks. This ensures that health care workers offer patients accurate information about their health, which helps them treasure every step of their treatment and treat all the steps as important. However, the standard care will facilitate to promote to all the importance of preventive care in all levels.The embracing value-based care that empowers patients to be key players in their health. Increased transparency in the access of healthcare information and the use of consumer-friendly technology helps patients observe everything happening at every stage of their journey. This would influence them to adhere more to their preventive care plans and even navigate through payments. The facility should also ensure that the patients are able to access their records, view results and even schedule appointments at a time that is most appropriate for them.
Healthcare facilities can also utilize SDOH data for outreach. Treatments and medical treatments alone cannot determine the results of the health of a patient. More attention should be focused on the social and economic factors that can act as barriers to care. This is because if patients struggle to access care, it becomes hard for them even to follow plans such as diabetes care or cancer screening. In a world that is value-based, addressing social needs becomes crucial for providers wishing to improve patient participation in preventive care. When the provider is aware of the whole grasp of the motivations, support systems and individual circumstances of each patient, they are able to create an effective engagement plan. This helps them reduce the wastage of resources on patients who cannot respond and instead focus on outreach strategies to access the preventive care they require. To achieve this, one requires accurate, relevant and reliable data and the skills to draw sensible insights (Davis, R. E., Trickey, A. W. et al., 2021).
The last step in solving this issue is through improving the patients’ financial experiences. Most Americans are worried about their capability to cover impromptu medical bills. Therefore, making payments for preventive care would encourage patients to engage in them actively. The providers should help patients assess their financial part of the care process by offering clear and real-time data concerning their status of coverages, approximate payment calculations and the efficient payment plan based on their situations. This would ensure that finances are not limiting their engagement in preventive care (Earl, V., Beasley, D., Ye, C., et al.,2021).
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