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Health Behaviour Change and Treatment Adherence: Evidence-based Guidelines for Improving Healthcare

4th January 2010
Health Behaviour Change and Treatment

Relationships, jobs, and health behaviours-these are what New Year's resolutions are made of. Every year millions resolve to adopt a better diet, exercise more, become fit, or lose weight but few put into practice the health behaviours they aspire to.

For those who successfully begin, the likelihood that they will maintain these habits is low. Healthcare professionals recognise the importance of these, and other, health behaviours but struggle to provide their patients with the tools necessary for successful maintenance of their medical regimens.

The thousands of research papers that exist on patient adherence and health behaviour change can leave professionals overwhelmed. This book synthesises the results from more than 50 years of empirical research, resulting in simple, powerful, and practical guidance for health professionals who want to know the most effective strategies for helping their clients to put long-term health-relevant behaviour changes into practice.

It advocates a straightforward 3-ingredient model: Before a person can change, they must

  • know what change is necessary (information);
  • desire the change (motivation);
  • have the tools to achieve and maintain the change (strategy).

This book is designed to be informative and compelling, but its numerous anecdotes and examples render it engaging and entertaining, as well. Written for a practitioners and students of medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy, nursing, health education, physician assistant programs, dentistry, clinical and health psychology, marriage and family counselling, social work, school psychology, and care administrators - and for lay persons who wish to take an active role in their health, this book brings together major empirically-based findings within the field and provides succinct, evidence-based recommendations and strategies for using these findings to make real changes.

 

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Wednesday 6th January 2010 @ 18:36

Good three pillar approach but... the only tool to achieve and maintain the change is either a portable doubly labelled water device which is pretty intrusive or the Ki Fit device which isnt available on any NHS schemes yet.


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