In the search for solutions to increasing health care costs, lagging quality, and sub-optimal population health outcomes, patient and family engagement is an area of critical importance. As we look to the future, moving the field of patient and family engagement forward in significant ways will require a unified, strategic vision to inform priorities and the direction of research- and practice-related work. This vision must be generated based on the expertise and perspectives of the broad set of stakeholders who currently contribute to or affect patient engagement efforts.
On February 27 & 28 of 2014, sixty stakeholders representing a broad range of experience and interest came together in Washington DC to explore ways in which patient and family engagement can be realized across health care. The outcome of this 1 ½ day working meeting, or convening, was the identification of opportunities for coordinating disparate efforts in research and practice, and a set of priorities for the field. This vision will be captured in a “roadmap” that provides a concrete vision and executable strategies for funders, researchers, patients and families, and practitioners alike—and in doing so, helps support and engender systems of care that provide better, more efficient, patient-focused care and outcomes.