Improvement of Patients' Health Confidence: A Comparison of 15 Primary Care Practices and a National Sample

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Abstract

Patient health confidence is an easy-to-obtain proxy measure for patient engagement and patient activation. In evidence-based literature syntheses, longitudinal studies, and empiric analyses, this measure is related to desirable consequence of medical care. Adult patients from 15 primary care practices and a national sample report on changes in health confidence over time. Exemplary practices describe how this information is used as a foundation for behaviorally sophisticated actions so necessary for improving health confidence.

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