shutterstock_516986674How Can Healthcare Professionals Promote Behavior Change in Patients? 

Obesity is currently one of the greatest public health problems in the world today. More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight and another 25% are obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the medical costs of obesity in the United States cost more than $147 billion dollars a year. Because of the high costs of obesity, medical professionals are under a lot of pressure to help their patients make behavior changes. The number one problem medical providers face is patient compliance, leaving patients vulnerable to a range of health risks when they ignore the advice of their doctor.  Here are some ways that physicians can help patients make and sustain positive behavior change. 

Take an Active Role in Helping Patients Learn About Healthier Lifestyle Choices

It is important for physicians to actively help patients make behavior changes that will lead to weight loss. One of the first steps in encouraging their patients to adopt healthy lifestyle changes is to make them aware of their current health status. Discuss how the patient’s BMI, cholesterol and blood sugar affect their overall health and provide them with the tools to improve their numbers. 

Communicate Openly With Your Patients

When it comes to improving healthy outcomes, it is vital for there to be open communication between patients and their physicians.  In fact, there was a study in 2014 conducted by The National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey that discovered when doctors inform their patients that their weight is the leading cause of their health problems they were significantly more likely to engage in healthy lifestyle changes. Therefore, it is vital to keep the lines of communication open; providing your patient with appropriate feedback about what they need to do to attain a healthier lifestyle.

Change Behavior. Change Health, Change Our World

Patients are more likely to take advice from doctors who lead healthy lifestyles themselves.  Patients look to their doctors to show them the way to help them change their old habits. However, behavior change can be difficult once they leave the physician’s office. Changing patient behavior over a time will result in better outcomes. 

However, true change must start from within. And a successful change in behavioral habits can do more than merely change one person’s life. It can change our entire world – one healthy habit at a time.

Nobody understands the power of change more than our team of behavior experts at HealthAware. Powered by evidence-based research, we’re driving advancements in lasting and rewarding behavior change.

By blending behavioral science with digital therapies, our solutions enable you to efficiently assess disease risks. Empower you to provide integrated and affordable care solutions that are delivered by text messaging. Facilitate fewer risks and re-admissions. And deliver greater profits and compliance. All with no IT integration or outdated technology. Just real smart, real-life behavioral changes. Creating positive outcomes for healthy habits – delivered via efficient, simple, scalable solutions. Technology comes and goes. But behavioral habits can last a lifetime.

If you are looking for a complete self-care solution to help encourage your patients to make a behavior change, email us at info@healthaware.com or visit HealthAware.com. We have helped hundreds of physicians and healthcare companies work with their patients to make behavioral changes that will positively impact their health. Our health assessments and risk compliance programs will help your patients better comply with your medical recommendations.

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