Five Engagements That Will Define the Future of Health

Alan Weil, the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs recently gave a talk on health care reform and “The 5 Engagements.” The first two engagements are engaging the whole patient and engaging social supports.

The video below covers those engagements. (The whole talk can be viewed here.) A couple of interesting discussion points include:

  • one’s zip code being as important as your genetics in determining health, and
  • the failure of the health care system to engage natural social supports and instead create artificial supports.

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The similarities between this and Bill White’s model of Recovery Management are striking. It just goes to show that specialty addiction care has a lot to teach the rest of medicine, and we’ll have a lot to learn from watching their successes and failures.