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The Effectiveness of Health Coaching

Evidence-based Synthesis Program

Investigators: , PhD, MPH, , PhD, MPH, MSW, , MD, , PhD, , MD, MHSc, , PhD, , PhD, , PhD, , PhD, , MD, and , MD.

Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs (US); .

Chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and hypertension are highly prevalent among VA healthcare system users. Among VA patients, 72% have one or more chronic medical conditions (compared with 40% to 50% of other U.S. adults), and more than half have at least 2 chronic conditions. The management of chronic medical conditions is a time-consuming process for primary care physicians. One study found that it would take 828 hours per year to provide the required care for the top 10 chronic diseases. Thus, patients are increasingly being asked to take an active role in the self-management of their chronic medical conditions. Yet many patients leave a physician encounter confused about what to do to manage their own health due to conflicting and contradictory information.


Research Associate: Avishek Nagi, MS, Medical Editor: Liz Wing, MA

Prepared for: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, Health Services Research & Development Service, Washington, DC 20420. Prepared by: Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP), Durham VA Healthcare System, Durham, NC, John W. Williams, Jr., MD, MHSc, Director

Suggested citation:

Gierisch JM, Hughes JM, Edelman D, Bosworth HB, Oddone EZ, Taylor SS, Kosinski AS, McDuffie JR, Swinkels C, Razouki Z, Masilamani V. The Effectiveness of Health Coaching. VA ESP Project #09-010; 2017.

This report is based on research conducted by the Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center located at the Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative. The findings and conclusions in this document are those of the author(s) who are responsible for its contents; the findings and conclusions do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States government. Therefore, no statement in this article should be construed as an official position of the Department of Veterans Affairs. No investigators have any affiliations or financial involvement (eg, employment, consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, grants or patents received or pending, or royalties) that conflict with material presented in the report.

Bookshelf ID: NBK487702PMID: 29553632


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