Using Standardized Whiteboards to Improve Patient Engagement

Max L. Trojano, Garrett Rucker, Brian McGillen

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Whiteboards are ubiquitous fixtures in hospital rooms that may represent a ready-made patient engagement tool; yet, their use has only been minimally explored. This study examined the relationship between a standardized whiteboard communication process and patient activation by using the Patient Activation Measure (PAM®). Participants (N = 172) that were optimally involved in whiteboard communication had significantly higher PAM® scores compared to those who were suboptimally involved. PAM® scores also correlated with self-reported role, with those endorsing active participation scoring higher than passive listeners. Accordingly, this study establishes a positive association between the structured use of whiteboards and patient activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Patient Experience
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Leadership and Management


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