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Patient Engagement Is Here to Stay

Jessie Gruman | January 15, 2015

Jessie Gruman founded the Center for Advancing Health in 1992 and served as president until her death in 2014. After over 20 years under her remarkable leadership, CFAH ended operations in December 2014. This post was Jessie's final essay announcing the release of CFAH’s last patient engagement research report and sharing some personal reflections on her career...

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Center for Advancing Health Announces Two New Awards to Honor Jessie Gruman

Center for Advancing Health | January 7, 2015
The Board of Trustees of the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH) is pleased to announce that two new awards honoring the late Jessie Gruman’s exemplary leadership in the field of patient engagement have been established at the following distinguished organizations: the Society for Public Health Education, Inc. and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. A third organization, the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), received additional funding from CFAH to extend its Jessie Gruman Award for Health Engagement, which was established in 2014...

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Six Things Health Care Stakeholders Told CFAH About Patient Engagement

CFAH Staff | December 23, 2014
In July, CFAH released its final report on the state of patient engagement in the U.S., Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say about Patient Engagement, a collection of interviews with 35 key informants from seven groups with an interest in patient engagement. We asked health care leaders to define patient engagement, explore its impact and barriers, and share promising interventions. Six key themes emerged from our discussions...

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Patient Engagement – We Have Become Our Parent

Kate Lorig | December 19, 2014
Jessie defined patient engagement as "the actions we take to support our health and to benefit from health care." As I reflect on this, I see that we have come to a crossroads. Jessie can no longer lead us and the organization she formed, CFAH, will soon cease. Now is the time for us to let our voices continue the discussion and to push the patient engagement agenda forward. Are we ready?...

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When Facing a Serious Diagnosis, 'AfterShock' App Can Help

CFAH Staff | December 18, 2014
Receiving bad health news can spark great upheaval. It is a time when nothing seems certain and the future may look dark. Since its release this summer, the free AfterShock: Facing a Serious Diagnosis app has provided users with a basic roadmap through the first few days and weeks after a serious diagnosis, providing concise information and trusted resources to help regain a bit of control during this turbulent time. As one reviewer wrote, the AfterShock app is "a standard for empowered patients"...

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Jessie Gruman Memorial Fund to Advance Patient Engagement Through New Center at the George Washington University Cancer Institute

Center for Advancing Health | December 15, 2014
After over 20 years under the remarkable leadership of the late Jessie Gruman, the Center for Advancing Health is ending operations at the end of 2014. To expand on the CFAH body of work and enrich the growing interest in the field of patient engagement, the CFAH board of trustees has selected a proposal from George Washington University to establish the Center for Patient Engagement at the GW Cancer Institute. This gift was made possible by the generous contributions to the Jessie Gruman Memorial Fund.

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What Color Is My Pill, Doc? Using Technology to Improve Medication Compliance

Kevin Campbell | December 9, 2014
In general, today's patients are taking more medications for a multitude of ailments. Even for the most astute patients, keeping track of doses and regimens can be a challenge. Add in changes in color and appearance of chronic medications and the task can often be overwhelming, especially for elderly patients with cognitive decline. We must look for alternative ways to assist our patients with managing their disease while at home. I believe technology is the answer...

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Scrutiny and Skepticism Still Needed

Trudy Lieberman | December 9, 2014
Four years ago, I began writing Prepared Patient posts that dissected the health care marketplace, questioned health care's conventional wisdom and assumptions, and uncovered contradictions in the Affordable Care Act and consumer-is-king theories of health care. The collection of 147 posts describes a health care system that still needs consumer scrutiny and skepticism if the goal of being a prepared patient is to be realized...

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