Patients only remember about 49 percent of the information their doctors give them without prompting, highlighting shortcomings with patient recall that can negatively impact patient activation, shows a study out of Brown University School of Professional Studies.

Healthcare professionals rely on a key set of patient engagement strategies to create better patient activation in care. Shared decision-making and other techniques help integrate the patient as a member of the care team, creates patient ownership of care, and can yield higher patient satisfaction rates.

But patients cannot meaningfully participate in shared decision-making if they cannot remember the medical information their providers share with them, the researchers said. ….more