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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas P. Guck, Ph.D. (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This book is part of the Rapid Reference series designed to give primary care physicians authoritative and accessible information to help their patients make behavioral changes.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide busy primary care providers with a basic understanding of and guide to behavior change counseling. The authors have accomplished this worthy objective.
Audience: This book is written for primary care physicians, but medical students, residents, nurses, and mental health professionals who work in a medical setting will find it valuable. It is written by leading experts who have applied, researched, and taught behavior change counseling.
Features: Part one provides a rationale for using behavior change counseling in a primary care setting. Part two presents three main tasks constituting a successful behavior change encounter. Part three provides pragmatic tips for specific clinical situations encountered in primary care settings. Extremely useful examples of physician-patient communication are provided.
Assessment: This book is excellent for medical students, residents, and physicians. It is a succinct yet excellent presentation of behavior change counseling described in greater detail in other books by the same authors. The practical examples of physician-patient communication designed to help patients make behavioral changes are particularly valuable.