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CMPMedica Announces the Health Empowerment Initiative
Date:5/27/2009

NORWALK, Conn., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- CMPMedica announced today that it has developed the Health Empowerment Initiative--a dynamic and innovative online healthcare education program for patients and their caregivers.

"As many studies have shown, a lack of 'adherence' to therapy can lead to poor outcomes," said CMPMedica CEO Sally Shankland. "Identifying patient knowledge gaps and providing patients with educational information to bridge those gaps can improve adherence and outcomes. While patient education information has become ubiquitous, in fact, it's not as effective as it could be. We offer a new science-based approach to patient education that stems from the same rigor we apply to educating physicians. CMPMedica understands how to identify specific learning gaps, how to close those gaps, and how to leverage the connection between education and behavior. And our programs apply rigorous outcomes analytics to demonstrate success."

CMPMedica has conducted research to identify specific areas in which patients' understanding of their medical condition is lacking. These "knowledge gaps" are barriers to patients better managing their condition--whether this involves taking a medication as prescribed, eating a well-balanced diet, or altering behaviors. CMPMedica's research revealed some alarming facts about patients' perceptions of medical conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and congestive heart failure.

One of the key findings of this study is that many patients appear to underestimate the potential consequences of their condition, even though many believe themselves to be well informed about the risks. For example, 60% of respondents do not know that hypertension is an important risk factor in the development of complications from diabetes.

CMPMedica's research also confirms the importance of the Int
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