A Retrospective on Patient Engagement: Following the Journey to Excellence

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Having recently completed my third year on the judging panel for the John Q. Sherman (JQS) Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement (proffered by EngagingPatients.org in partnership with the National Patient Safety Foundation), it’s a great time to reflect on the evolution of patient engagement as evidenced in the nominations. Since its inception, the JQS…

Integrating Community Support Resources to Treat the Whole Patient

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What if doctors prescribed community support resources with lifestyle changes instead of just medicine? What if your referral was to an outside group or program rather than to a specialist? There are many organizations and resources outside of the traditional health system that can act as ambassadors for promoting and maintaining health, and when utilized…