September 25, 2016
Doctors Dig for More Data About Patients
An article in The Wall Street Journal describes different approaches, including the Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®), used to predict which patients will develop or be affected by chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. ”Big data” analytical approaches take into account multiple medical and socio-economic factors.
But collecting large amounts of data at the person-level is problematic because much of it is not publicly available and can lead to “interview fatigue” when patients are asked for too much non-medical information at each visit.
The article highlights how Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis has used PAM since 2010 to help evaluate each patient’s self-confidence and capacity to manage an illness. Research from Fairview suggests patients’ confidence in their ability to manage their health or condition levels may be a predictor of future health.
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