Patient engagement is a vague concept in healthcare that is in danger of becoming merely a “hot buzz phrase,” according to a new study.

"Although the concept of patient engagement promises to deliver significant value for healthcare providers, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders, many gaps still exist for patient engagement to make an impact on the Western healthcare systems at large," conclude researchers at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, in a study published in the Journal of Participatory Medicine. "That is why the healthcare field could benefit from an evidence-based analysis of the term ‘patient engagement.’"

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