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CIN Required Reading: Patient Experience

The patient experience represents the sum of a patient’s interactions — and perceptions of those interactions — with the health care system. It reflects the dimensions of care most important to them: personal interactions and communications, access to care, and how well care is coordinated. Patients who rate their experience with providers highly are more likely to adhere to treatment recommendations and have better outcomes. A growing body of research finds a “patient-centered” approach to delivering care saves time and money, and improves quality — but it’s often hard to know how to improve the patient experience and where to start. The collection of resources below provides a good overview of what’s important to patients and the basic steps to embark on a patient experience improvement journey.

General Resources

Improving the Patient Experience Change Package (PDF)
This toolkit highlights nine high-impact changes that will improve the patient experience and includes links to numerous additional resources. (California Quality Collaborative)

Advancing the Practice of Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Primary Care and Other Ambulatory Settings: How to Get Started (PDF)
Overview that defines the key elements of patient- and family-centered care with assessment tools and a list of resources. (Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care)

Measuring Patients’ Experience of Care
Website with a collection of primers on measuring patients’ experience of care and engaging stakeholders. (Aligning Forces for Quality, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

On Physician-Patient Communication

Can Teaching Agenda-Setting Skills to Physicians Improve Clinical Interaction Quality? A Controlled Intervention (PDF)
Research article demonstrating the connection between the practice of agenda-setting and the quality of the physician-patient interaction. (BMC Medical Education)

Getting the Most out of the Clinical Encounter: The Four Habits Model (PDF)
Article describes a successful approach — the Four Habits — to the medical interview. (Kaiser Permanente)

Physician-Patient Communication in the Primary Care Office: A Systematic Review (PDF)
A review of verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors associated with favorable patient outcomes. (Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine)

For Further Reading

Primary Care Access
Collection of tools and resources to improve primary care access. (Institute for Healthcare Improvement)

Connectedness and Continuity: Patient-Provider Relationships Among Low-Income Californians (PDF)
Summary of an in-depth survey of Californians with low incomes on the patient-provider relationship and innovations in providing care. (Blue Shield of California Foundation)

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