Coulter A. Patient engagement–what works? J Ambulatory Care Manage. 2012 Apr;35(2):80-9.
The author discusses the recent focus on the need for patient engagement in health care, specifically the need for patients to play an active role in their own health care. Patients should be fully informed about their health care and work with their provider to make the decision that is right for them. The author discusses how health literacy, shared decision making and quality improvement are all related to the concept of patient engagement. The author also focuses on evidence in support of interventions designed to engage patients in their health care.