Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 21, issue 3, P796-808 2010 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.0.0350 View full text
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Erica I. Lubetkin, Wei-Hsin Lu, Marthe R. Gold

Abstract: Patient activation refers to people's ability to engage in self-management of their health and health care. We assessed the performance of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) for patients attending three inner-city health centers and compared resultant scores with those of the general U.S. adult population. We approached 801 patients and 527 (65.8%) participated; the majority were Latino(a) or African American/Black. No differences in activation were seen according to age. Males and more educated patients wer…

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