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J Am Diet Assoc. 2001 Mar;101(3):332-41.

Facilitating dietary change: the patient-centered counseling model.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester 01655, USA.


Recent data indicate that the patient-centered counseling model enhances long-term dietary adherence. This model facilitates change by assessing patient needs and subsequently tailoring the intervention to the patient's stage in the process of change, personal goals, and unique challenges. This article describes this model, including its theoretical foundations, a 4-step counseling process, and applications. This behavioral counseling model can help nutrition professionals enhance patient adherence to nutrition care plans and dietary guidelines.

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