If the goal of health care organizations is better health outcomes for their clients, then patient engagement is key. Health care providers who are engaging patients consider the patients’ needs, preferences and perspectives when care decisions are being made. Patient engagement leads to higher patient satisfaction and lower costs.
Healthy Amistad, a MEHAF Integration Initiative project, was launched to help people with mental illness improve their physical health through lifestyle changes and helping them to overcome barriers they face in getting medical care.
Mental illness, dementia and other behavioral health conditions in the nursing home are well-recognized challenges in both the clinical and policy arenas. It is estimated that 65-91% of adults in a nursing home have a significant mental disorder, such as depression or dementia. As one of MeHAF’s 43 Integration Initiative grantees, the Northeast Integrated Geriatrics … Continue reading “How integrative care improves life for nursing home patients with mental health diagnoses”