Patient Reports of Involvement in Health Care Decisions: Falling Short of Healthy People 2020 Objectives

Lila J. Finney Rutten, Kelly D. Blake, Marc R. Matthews, Bradford W. Hesse, Richard P. Moser

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Abstract

The Healthy People 2020 (HP 2020) initiative delineates objectives for improving population health in the United States. The National Cancer Institute’s Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) has served as an important data source for tracking several HP 2020 Health Communication and Health Information Technology objectives, including patient perceptions of involvement in health-care decisions. We analyzed data from six cross-sectional administrations of HINTS (2008 to 2017; N = 25,410) to assess progress toward the HP 2020 objective of increasing the proportion of persons reporting that their health-care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care. In each survey year, just over half the population (range = 51.6 to 54.6) reported that their health-care providers always involved them in health-care decisions; the observed percentages over a 10-year period remained below the HP 2020 goal of 56.8% and did not show significant improvement. Results show a lack of progress toward this HP 2020 goal despite increased attention to patient engagement in health care over the last several decades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-489
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of health communication
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Library and Information Sciences

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