Promoting Health Behaviour Change in the Cardiac Patient

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The importance of giving patients advice in relation to positive health behaviour change geared towards maximizing physical health must not be overlooked and is an important role of the cardiac nurse in contemporary health care. However, over-reliance on offering advice can often be counter-productive and less likely to achieve effective change. Patients are more likely to make positive health behaviour changes when they self-generate their own solutions to the health issues and problems that they face. In this article, the authors encourage cardiac nurses to embrace a less directive and more facilitative approach to patient health behaviour change in light of the mounting evidence that exists to the effectiveness of motivational interviewing techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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