'Making every contact count': Evaluation of the impact of an intervention to train health and social care practitioners in skills to support health behaviour change

Wendy Lawrence, Christina Black, Tannaze Tinati, Sue Cradock, Rufia Begum, Megan Jarman, Anna Pease, Barrie Margetts, Jenny Davies, Hazel Inskip, Cyrus Cooper, Janis Baird, Mary Barker

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Abstract

A total of 148 health and social care practitioners were trained in skills to support behaviour change: creating opportunities to discuss health behaviours, using open discovery questions, listening, reflecting and goal-setting. At three time points post-training, use of the skills was evaluated and compared with use of skills by untrained practitioners. Trained practitioners demonstrated significantly greater use of these client-centred skills to support behaviour change compared to their untrained peers up to 1 year post-training. Because it uses existing services to deliver support for behaviour change, this training intervention has the potential to improve public health at relatively low cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-51
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date8 Apr 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

Bibliographical note

© Sage 2014. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105314523304

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Personnel/education
  • Humans
  • Public Health

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