New approach to help people become more active in managing their health

Posted by ap507 at Dec 18, 2014 04:20 PM |
University team involved in project to evaluate the use of the Patient Activation Measure in the NHS

With the ambition of equipping more patients with the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health, the University is embarking on a new two-year project with NHS England and the Health Foundation to evaluate the use of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) in the NHS. The PAM is a patient questionnaire which helps measure how well patients, particularly those with long-term conditions, are supported and empowered to manage their own health and health care.

To support the wider use of the PAM questionnaire within the health service, NHS England and the Health Foundation have commissioned Leicester academics to evaluate its use so far.

The evaluation team will look at how five NHS clinical commissioning groups and the UK Renal Registry, holder of a clinical database on renal conditions, are using the PAM questionnaire as part of their initiatives to get patients involved and active in managing their own conditions.

Dr Natalie Armstrong (pictured), Senior Lecturer in Social Science Applied to Health and member of the SAPPHIRE research group in the Department of Health Sciences, is leading the Leicester team. She said: “The Patient Activation Measure has significant potential and this project provides an exciting opportunity to evaluate how it can be used most effectively in this country. Our team’s approach will involve conducting interviews, observations and reviewing documents in order to understand why and how each organisation is using the PAM, how their plans are put into practice, what facilitates or hinders their progress, and what impacts use of the PAM has.”