Rethinking resources: activating patients as an important asset

Resource shortages have always been a major challenge in healthcare, but one theme to emerge from gameplay is the idea that patients themselves are a huge underutilized resource. For instance, when one player suggested going out to meet people in their neighborhoods, the idea got a lot of traction and one of builds on this idea highlighted that community members are an important educational resource for providers.

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A player in a different thread put it quite directly:

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Others suggested going beyond giving patients and populations a voice and suggested ways to empower patients to be a direct health resources through volunteer and work opportunities.

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Solutions like this could help flip resource shortages and be a big win for all involved—volunteerism and meaningful work have been shown to have significant health benefits!

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