Research suggests a successful post-hospital care transition depends on the patient’s ability to manage his or her discharge care plan upon returning home.
The knowledge, skills, confidence, and inclination to assume responsibility for managing one’s health and health care needs is often referred to as “patient activation.” A new study found that patients with high activation levels had reduced likelihood of being rehospitalized within 30 days of hospital discharge.
The researchers concluded that patients with a low level of activation are at risk for early, unplanned hospital use. They suggest hospitals can use the measurement of patient activation as a predictor of hospital reutilization to effectively target their efforts in preventing readmission.
For more info, see Mitchell et al. (2013). Patient activation and 30-day post-discharge hospital utilization. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29(2), 349-355.