Health Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence: Evidence-based Guidelines for Improving Healthcare

Health Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence: Evidence-based Guidelines for Improving Healthcare
2010 © Oxford University Press, USA
Leslie Martin; Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek; Robin DiMatteo
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-538040-8
Public Health, Healthcare Literacy, Physician Assistant


This title is very easy to read, yet it is based on solid data. It will not feel overwhelming to those who use it, yet will provide them with empirically-based strategies to use as they work toward change.

Relationships, jobs, and health behaviors-these are what New Year's resolutions are made of. Every year millions resolve to adopt a better diet, exercise more, become fit, or lose weight but few put into practice the health behaviors they aspire to. For those who successfully begin, the likelihood that they will maintain these habits is low. Healthcare professionals recognize the importance of these, and other, health behaviors but struggle to provide their patients with the tools necessary for successful maintenance of their medical regimens. The thousands of research papers that exist on patient adherence and health behavior change can leave professionals overwhelmed.

This title synthesizes the results from more than 50 years of empirical research, resulting in simple, powerful, and practical guidance for health professionals who want to know the most effective strategies for helping their clients to put long-term health-relevant behavior changes into practice. It advocates a straightforward 3-ingredient model: Before a person can change, they must (1) know what change is necessary (information); (2) desire the change (motivation); and then (3) have the tools to achieve and maintain the change (strategy). This title is designed to be informative and compelling, but its numerous anecdotes and examples render it engaging and entertaining, as well.

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"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."

-- Linda Shanta, PhD, MSN, BS (Walden University) Doody's Review


Written for practitioners and students of medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy, nursing, health education, physician assistant programs, dentistry, clinical and health psychology, marriage and family counseling, social work, school psychology, and care administrators -- and for lay persons who wish to take an active role in their health, this book brings together major empirically-based findings within the field and provides succinct, evidence-based recommendations and strategies for using these findings to make real changes.

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