We know that information makes for greater engagement among patients. The same premise holds for low-income Californians, a new survey shows. Among people surveyed, more than eight in ten who said they were informed about their health also said they understood their provider’s advice and treatment plans. Among people who felt they lacked information, just 55 percent said they play a role in their health care decisions.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis