University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Title

The association between patient activation and medication adherence, hospitalization, and emergency room utilization in patients with chronic illnesses: a systematic review

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Date

5-1-2015

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Health Services Administration | Health Services Research

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: A systematic review of the published literature on the association between the PAM (Patient Activation Measure) and hospitalization, emergency room use, and medication adherence among chronically ill patient populations.

METHODS: A literature search of several electronic databases was performed. Studies published between January 1, 2004 and June 30, 2014 that used the PAM measure and examined at least one of the outcomes of interest among a chronically ill study population were identified and systematically assessed.

RESULTS: Ten studies met the eligibility criteria. Patients who scored in the lower PAM stages (Stages 1 and 2) were more likely to have been hospitalized. Patients who scored in the lowest stage were also more likely to utilize the emergency room. The relationship between PAM stage and medication adherence was inconclusive in this review.

CONCLUSION: Chronically ill patients reporting low stages of patient activation are at an increased risk for hospitalization and ER utilization.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: Future research is needed to further understand the relationship between patient activation and medication adherence, hospitalization and/or ER utilization in specific chronically ill (e.g. diabetic, asthmatic) populations. Research should also consider the role of patient activation in the development of effective interventions which seek to address the outcomes of interest.

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Citation: Patient Educ Couns. 2015 May;98(5):545-52. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.02.005. Epub 2015 Feb 19. Link to article on publisher's site

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Keywords

Chronic illness, ER utilization, Hospitalization, Medication adherence, Patient activation measure (PAM), Patient centeredness

PubMed ID

25744281