[PDF] Engaging patients in their healthcare : how is the UK doing relative to other countries?

Picker Institute Europe
Picker Institute Europe
Publication date:
23 April 2006


'Engaging patients in their healthcare: how is the UK doing relative to other countries?' has been published by the Picker Institute. It reveals significant weaknesses in involving patients in their healthcare in the UK as compared to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany and the USA. Analysis of data from international patient surveys compares performance in relation to six indicators of patient engagement and the UK scores worst in almost all of the areas examined. The six indicators were:
  • quality of doctor-patient communication
  • access to alternative sources of information and advice
  • provision of preventive care and advice
  • informed choice of provider
  • risk communication and involvement in treatment decisions
  • support for self-care and self-management