Patient Safety: Report Examines Patient and Family Engagement Activities
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is developing a guide to to help patients, families, and healthcare professionals work together as partners to promote improvements in care. A report, titled “Guide to Patient and Family Engagement: Final Environmental Scan Report,” assesses the current literature, tools and resources being used to engage patients and their families. The report offer the following:
- A framework that describes how patient and family engagement can lead to improved quality and safety
- A description of factors that influence patient and family engagement, including characteristics and perspectives of patients, families, health care professionals, and hospital organizational and cultural factors
- Hospital-based methods and materials currently being used to engage patients and families in the safety and quality of care
- An analysis of the kinds of materials that are needed, but do not exist
AHRQ is using this report as the first step toward developing a Patient/Family Engagement Guide, now being pilot tested at three hospitals, which is expected to be finalized and available in mid-2013.
To see the report, visit: http://1.usa.gov/RVtDBt