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Patient activation measure (PAM)

Posted on: 4 Aug 2017
 

‘Patient activation’ refers to a person’s capacity and confidence to self-manage their health and care. A significant body of evidence shows that people with long-term conditions who play a central role in managing their condition experience better health outcomes, and supporting people to manage their own health and wellbeing is a key ambition for the NHS.

To this end, the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) was developed as a validated tool to assess a person’s self-management skills and engagement in their care. Based on a short self-report survey, patients receive a PAM score that provides some insight into their self-care behaviours and confidence level.

Over 60 NHS sites in England are currently using the PAM to support patients to better self-manage their long-term conditions. The links provided here give (1) further details about patient activation and what it means within the context of the NHS Five Year Forward Plan, and (2) details of the sites using PAM and how each site has integrated the new measure into their model of care.

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