Huntington Convention Center | Cleveland, OH
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Dr. Sieck received her doctorate in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her doctoral training focused on mixed methods research, health behavior change theories and intervention design. Dr. Sieck also received a Masters of Public Health in public and community health services and Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Sieck’s research focuses on the interaction of health information technology (HIT) and patient engagement. With her background in health behavior and health education, her research seeks to understand how patients can utilize technology to increase their level of engagement, defined as their participation in their own health care and how healthcare systems can best support patients in these efforts. She also studies the development and validation of measures to be utilized by both researchers and healthcare systems to understand patient needs related to engagement.
In the current healthcare environment, patients are expected to participate in their health care more than ever before. This participation prompts providers to understand the challenges their patients might face in taking part in their health care. For instance, providers might ask why a patient isn’t taking their medicine, or why do some patients frequently contact their doctor and some not at all?
The healthcare system is developing interventions to facilitate patient engagement in their care. Many times, however, these efforts take a one-size-fits-all approach and may not address critical components of an individual person’s capacity to engage.
In this session, Cindy Sieck, an expert on the interaction of health IT and patient engagement, will discuss the Engagement Capacity Framework, a developing model to understand an individual’s strengths and weaknesses related to engagement. The Engagement Capacity Framework incorporates social determinants of health to better understand the patient’s situation and help shape future patient engagement efforts.