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From The CriticsReviewer: Linda L. Shanta, PhD, MSN, BS (Walden University)
Description: This important book gathers an enormous volume of research into behavior change and provides an evidence-based foundation for the guidance that it gives to healthcare providers.
Purpose: The purpose is to detangle the complexity involved in changing and maintaining health behaviors. This work provides essential assistance for healthcare providers, structured by research and illustrated through clear case studies.
Audience: The authors state that the book is designed for various healthcare professionals, as well as lay readers. However, the level at which the information is presented would require more than a foundational understanding of psychology, sociology, statistics, and healthcare for readers to use it for behavior change.
Features: Topics are presented in a logical manner, beginning with the theory of human behavior and progressing to motivational methods. The authors then discuss the educational basis for presenting information to clients and how to assist them to make important changes given family and cultural influences. Chapter five provides technical information on the interaction of risk and decision making. The final three chapters address empowerment of clients for behavior change through effective communication, collaboration, and partnerships with the healthcare professional. The book is particularly effective in illustrating application of the theory through the use of case studies.
Assessment: This would be an excellent textbook for any healthcare educator or academic educator who instructs future healthcare professionals. It not only provides an evidence-based foundation for developing effective curricula and teaching modalities, it also provides insight into the importance of communicating and collaborating with clients for health behavior change to occur.