Transformative Healthcare Practice through Patient Engagement

Transformative Healthcare Practice through Patient Engagement

Guendalina Graffigna (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: June, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 382
ISBN13: 9781522506638|ISBN10: 1522506632|EISBN13: 9781522506645|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0663-8


Recent literature suggests that patient participation and engagement may be the ideal solution to the efficacy of healthcare treatments, from a clinical and pragmatic view. Despite the growing discussions on the necessity of patient engagement, there is no set of universally endorsed, concrete guidelines or practices.

Transformative Healthcare Practice through Patient Engagement outlines the best practices and global strategies to improve patient engagement. This book features a convergence of healthcare professionals and scholars elucidating the theoretical insights borne from successful patient education, and the technological tools available to sustain their engagement. This book is a useful reference source for healthcare providers, students and professionals in the fields of nursing, therapy, and public health, managers, and policy makers.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Care Outcomes
  • Chronic Care Management
  • In-Home Physiotherapy
  • Interactive Voice Technology
  • Living Donor Transplant
  • mHealth-Based Approach
  • Multimedia Applications
  • Patient Donor Engagement
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Web-Based Resources

Reviews and Testimonials

Initiatives aimed at promoting patient engagement are growing across the world while patient engagement in healthcare is well-established with the government’s commitment in fostering interventions, research and innovative methodologies aimed at prioritizing the “patient’s voice” and the “patient’s active roles in their own healthcare”; however, efforts to analyze the effectiveness of such initiations have been scarce. This book contributes to filling the gap by hosting the description of best practices aimed at enhancing the active role of patients in their care management.

– ProtoView Reviews

An intriguing chapter in this section discusses the effectiveness of a virtual reality tool called Virtual Worlds with individuals and groups to reinforce positive feelings and actions. Another contribution deals with in-home physical therapy, delivered by various personal and electronic means. Each chapter in this volume includes extensive references and a list of key terms and definitions. The scholarship is thorough and the contributions have been peer reviewed. Recommended as a resource for libraries serving health care providers, students and policy-makers in public health, hospital management, nursing, and physical therapy.

– ARBA Staff Reviewer

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Guendalina Graffigna received a PhD in Social Psychology at Catholic University of the Sacred Hearth of Milan (Italy) where she actually is Associate Professor. At the same University, she teaches “Qualitative Methodology,” she is the Associate Director for the level II Master Degree in “Qualitative Methods applied to Social and Marketing Research” and she is member of the Scientific Committee for the PhD School in Psychology. Guendalina is also the editorial manager for the Journal “Micro & Macro Marketing”. Before her actual appointments, Guendalina has been a Post Doc fellow (A.A. 2007-2008) and a visiting professor in Qualitative Methods (A.A. 2008-2009) at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, with which she still collaborates for several research and teaching initiatives. Beside her academic achievements, Guendalina acts as qualitative scientific advisor at GfK-Eurisko in Milan, where she is an online qualitative research specialist and is Director of the Study and Training Centre of ASSIRM (Italian Association of Marketing Research Institutes). In July 2012, Guendalina was awarded with the prize of Qualitative Health Research Leadership 2012 from the Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research Committee. Her research and scientific activities are mainly devoted to patient engagement in health and wellbeing, healthcare organization innovation and digital health. She has spent the last 10 years of activity in constructing bridges between scientific/academic knowledge and professional practice, particularly in the sectors of consumer and health research. At present, she is coordinating and intra- and inter-university reflection for contributing to priorities and policy discussions at the European Level on patient health engagement.