The King's Fund

Supporting people to manage their health

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Authors: Judith Hibbard, Helen Gilburt
  • Publication date: 16 May 2014

With 60 to 70 per cent of premature deaths caused by detrimental health behaviours, it is vital that people engage more with improving their own health.

This paper introduces a way of conceptualising and measuring that engagement known as ‘patient activation’. Patient activation can be used to reduce health inequalities and deliver improved outcomes, better quality care and lower costs.