Applying Behavior Change Strategies

There are many behavior models and theories that can assist health professionals in motivating and working with patients or communities to achieve behavior change.  Over the last few months, many of our SurroundHealth members have been contributing articles on behavior change strategies and applying theories in different settings and practices. Here is a quick summary of the top 3 behavior change articles on SurroundHealth right now.

Motivational interviewing skills & techniques: Examples, tips and tools

Anne Jani, MPH, CHES, discusses using Motivational Interviewing (MI) as a counseling approach to help a patient (or client) make or get ready for positive behavior change. Jani reviews the four strategies of motivational interviewing:

  • Open-ended questions
  • Affirmation
  • Reflections (Reflective Listening)
  • Summaries

The informative article includes several examples, as well as a fill-in-the-blank chart.

Using a flipped classroom model for patient education to improve learning outcomes

Diana Wilson, MS, RD, speaks about the flipped classroom model, in which lectures and instruction are delivered online outside of the classroom. Wilson explains how this teaching style is being used more and more by educators and can be a successful alternative to traditional health education. In an example of a dietitian working with a client, Wilson illustrates applying the flipped classroom model for effective health education, which:

  • provides functional health knowledge that is basic, accurate, and directly promotes health-promoting decisions and behaviors
  • provides adequate time for instruction
  • builds competence
  • uses strategies designed to personalize information and engage students

Parkinson’s Disease, Exercise and the Health Belief Model (HBM)

Health Communication student, Alexandra Boncimino, reviews the Health Belief Model(HBM) as it pertains to Parkinson’s Disease(PD) and exercising. Many studies have shown that an exercise program would be beneficial for patients of PD, and Boncimino discusses the following ways a patient with PD may react to exercising as a behavior change:

  • Perceived Susceptibility
  • Perceived Severity
  • Perceived Benefits
  • Perceived Barriers
  • Cues to Action
  • Self-Efficacy

To read the full versions of any of our behavior change articles on SurroundHealth, visit us today!

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