Relationships, jobs, and health behaviors-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 behaviors they aspire to. For those who successfully begin, the likelihood that they will maintain these habits is low. Healthcare professionals recognize the importance of these, and other, health behaviors 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 behavior change can leave professionals overwhelmed.
This book synthesizes 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 behavior changes into practice. It advocates a straightforward 3-ingredient model: Before a person can change, they must (1) know what change is necessary (information); (2) desire the change (motivation); and then (3) 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 counseling, 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.
Reviewer:Linda L. Shanta, PhD, MSN, BS(Walden University)
Description:This important book gathers an enormous volume of research into behavior change and provides an evidence-based foundation for the guidance that it gives to healthcare providers.
Purpose:The purpose is to detangle the complexity involved in changing and maintaining health behaviors. This work provides essential assistance for healthcare providers, structured by research and illustrated through clear case studies.
Audience:The authors state that the book is designed for various healthcare professionals, as well as lay readers. However, the level at which the information is presented would require more than a foundational understanding of psychology, sociology, statistics, and healthcare for readers to use it for behavior change.
Features:Topics are presented in a logical manner, beginning with the theory of human behavior and progressing to motivational methods. The authors then discuss the educational basis for presenting information to clients and how to assist them to make important changes given family and cultural influences. Chapter five provides technical information on the interaction of risk and decision making. The final three chapters address empowerment of clients for behavior change through effective communication, collaboration, and partnerships with the healthcare professional. The book is particularly effective in illustrating application of the theory through the use of case studies.
Assessment:This would be an excellent textbook for any healthcare educator or academic educator who instructs future healthcare professionals. It not only provides an evidence-based foundation for developing effective curricula and teaching modalities, it also provides insight into the importance of communicating and collaborating with clients for health behavior change to occur.