Buzz surrounding University of Leicester evaluation prompts publication of early findings

Posted by vh58 at Nov 25, 2015 10:07 AM |
High demand for insights into how the Patient Activation Measure could be used in the NHS has resulted in release of early findings

Early findings from a qualitative evaluation of the feasibility of using a new approach in the NHS to measure people’s confidence in managing their own health and healthcare have been published yesterday by the Health Foundation and NHS England. Assessing people’s skills, confidence and knowledge, the Patient Activation Measure is part of a move across the NHS towards ensuring more person-centred care.

Interest in the measure has been so great that the commissioners have taken the unusual step of publishing early stage findings of a qualitative evaluation led by Dr Natalie Armstrong, Senior Lecturer in Social Science Applied to Health and member of the SAPPHIRE research group in the Department of Health Sciences at Leicester University.
Dr Armstrong commented, “This is a really exciting evaluation to undertake, and we’ve already generated a lot of useful learning. The measure has so far been used most extensively in the USA, very little was known about how it could best be implemented and used in the NHS context. This report will help organisations who are looking to use the measure, or other person-centred approaches, to support patients to recognise and develop their own strengths and abilities.”

The evaluation, commissioned jointly by NHS England and the Health Foundation, is looking into how five NHS clinical commissioning groups and the UK Renal Registry are using the measure.

The report presents the early successes and challenges of using the measure. It found that across the sites the measure is being used in a variety of ways, including as an outcome measure for different kinds of services or interventions, and as a tailoring tool to assess the most appropriate support to offer to patients. Considerable planning was required prior to using the measure and getting clinical buy-in was mentioned in five of the six sites as a significant challenge.

Helen Crisp, Assistant Director of Research at the Health Foundation, said, “We’re very pleased to support the evaluation as it’s a great opportunity to learn more about how to work with patients to build skills and confidence to help people be involved in and manage their care.”

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