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Educ Health (Abingdon). 2012 Jul;25(1):66-9.

Experiences of persons with type II diabetes receiving health coaching: an exploratory qualitative study.

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Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. lisa.howard@uleth.ca

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The objective of this exploratory qualitative study was to examine the experience of persons living with type II diabetes who participated in a health coaching intervention.

METHODS:

The researchers used a qualitative phenomenological hermeneutic research design to explore the experiences of people undergoing health coaching for self-management of their diabetes.

RESULTS:

Qualitative data analysis resulted in three themes that best described participants' experience of health coaching for diabetes: (1) "the driving force," which described how health coaches helped clients to find powerful motivators for change; (2) "I'm not a child," which described how people wanted to be treated by the health coaches; and (3) "meeting the inner coach," which described how health coaches helped clients develop their own inner wisdom.

DISCUSSION:

The participants' descriptions of coaching challenge a more traditional paradigm of expert-driven and information-laden diabetes education practices. The findings suggest that the process of health coaching may help persons with diabetes become confident self-managers of their diabetes.

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