Motivating your patients through behavior change strategies

How do you motivate your patients & communities to make behavior changes for a healthier lifestyle? We know it isn’t easy to do, especially around the holidays, and can often take a long time. Thankfully, there are many behavior models and theories that help explain behavior and provide a basis for how we can work with patients and/or communities to achieve behavior change.  As SurroundHealth continues to share our best resources this month, we thought Thanksgiving week would be a great opportunity to share some of our most popular behavior change resources.

A few articles:

Health Behavior Change Model: Health Belief Model (HBM)

– This article by Katie Margolis, PhD, gives an overview of the key variables included in one of the first and most popular theories of behavior to date, the Health Belief Model (HBM).


Horne’s Model of Adherence

–          Another article by Katie Margolis reviews Horne’s Model of Adherence, which states that in order to facilitate adherence, both perceptual and practical concerns need to be addressed. Also included is a Belief about Medicines Questionnaire (BMQ) to distinguish between high and low adherence.

Using Social Cognitive Theory in Practice

– Written by Diana Wilson, this article expands on one of the most frequently used health behavior theories.  Using a case example relating to exercise and weight management, the Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) gets put into action.

A couple of resources:

Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change

– With the do’s come some don’ts. Stanford University put together a slideshow of 10 mistakes commonly made when working towards behavior change. They also offer ways to fix these mistakes, and emphasize taking a step back and looking at the big picture rather than small steps. Behavior change in action today

– It can be fun! Born out of a Volkswagen initiative, is dedicated to incorporating fun into behavior change that can be used in public health. Check them out to see some really fun and innovative approaches to behavior change, and tested on the public.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone & stay tuned for more resources coming your way next week!


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