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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Andrea D. Posey, RN, BSN, MSN (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Description: This guide presents a method of achieving behavioral changes in clients. The authors use this method to approach the concept from a client-centered basis.
Purpose: The authors state that the purpose of this publication is to make their method of health behavior change available to healthcare workers of all disciplines. This unique approach is applicable to long and short-term contacts with clients.
Audience: The authors' experiences as healthcare professionals include a clinical psychologist, nurse/counselor, and lecturer. They have targeted a multidisciplinary audience and the book is written in appropriate language for healthcare professionals.
Features: The method of behavioral change is first discussed from a theoretical point of view. Topics are broken down into tasks. They include patient assessment for readiness to learn, gaining rapport, and building a relationship with a client. The method is applied to clinical practice and includes information about overcoming resistance in clients. Each task is explained thoroughly. A complete reference list is included.
Assessment: Changing health behavior in clients is a major component of a healthcare professional's job. This method of behavior change is easy to understand and apply. It is a valuable resource for all who engage in patient teaching.