Journal Article

Patient engagement in health care safety: an overview of mixed-quality evidence.

Sharma AE; Rivadeneira NA; Barr-Walker J; Stern RJ; Johnson AK; Sarkar U.

Patient and family engagement efforts can affect health care quality and safety. This review examined the research on patient engagement efforts and found evidence of robust examinations of patient engagement related to patient self-management of anticoagulation medications. However, there was mixed-quality evidence on patient involvement in medication administration errors, documentation and scheduling accuracy, hospital readmissions, and health care–associated infections. They recommend areas of research needed to guide the application of patient engagement strategies.