Using health psychology to help patients: promoting healthy choices

Barley, Elizabeth ORCID: and Lawson, Victoria (2016) Using health psychology to help patients: promoting healthy choices. British Journal of Nursing, 25 (21). pp. 1172-1175. ISSN 0966-0461

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This article describes behaviour change techniques that nurses can use to help individual patients to make and stick to healthy choices. These include helping patients to set goals that are specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and timely (SMART), promoting self-monitoring and providing feedback and motivational interviewing. The process for delivering these techniques is described and the evidence for them discussed. Simply providing brief advice and follow up can lead to behaviour change, even in people who have not expressed a desire to change. The techniques are designed to be brief and feasible to use in routine practice. Using them can help nurses to apply the NHS policy of Making Every Contact Count so that their patients achieve long-term benefit.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.12968/bjon.2016.25.21.1172
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare 2016, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see:
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Elizabeth Barley
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 16:32
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:51


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