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Prim Care. 2017 Jun;44(2):229-245. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2017.02.007.

Integrative Medicine Strategies for Changing Health Behaviors: Support for Primary Care.

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1
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 3401 West End Avenue, Suite 380, Nashville, TN 37203, USA; Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA. Electronic address: ruth.wolever@vanderbilt.edu.
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Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, Appalachian State University, 151 College Street, Boone, NC 28608, USA.
3
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 3401 West End Avenue, Suite 380, Nashville, TN 37203, USA.
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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 3401 West End Avenue, Suite 380, Nashville, TN 37203, USA.

Abstract

Until system reforms allow adequate time and reimbursement for primary care providers to focus on lifestyle change to prevent and mitigate chronic disease, primary care providers need a manageable, defined role to support lifestyle change. The authors suggest this role is to serve as a catalyst, priming the patient for change; educating and pointing the patient to appropriate, evidence-based resources for additional guidance and hands-on support; and providing ongoing encouragement throughout the long journey of change while patients work more intensely with health coaches or allied health providers.

KEYWORDS:

Behavior change; Health coach; Integrative medicine; Lifestyle; Primary care

PMID:
28501227
DOI:
10.1016/j.pop.2017.02.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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