Involve the patient for better health outcomes and efficiency. That's the strategy suggested by new research from the Health Foundation.

Patient involvement can significantly improve health outcomes and efficiency, according to new research from the Health Foundation.

Patient-focused interventions: a review of the evidencecollates and analyses published evidence from the last eight years on patient involvement initiatives from around the world. It is a definitive guide to what does and does not work, ranging from patient choice through to self-care and shared decision-making.

Angela Coulter, lead author of the report and chief executive of Picker Institute Europe, says: 'While there is enthusiasm for patient engagement and evidence that it can improve health outcomes, the [health] sector appears slow to adopt and implement these proven strategies.'

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