Health coaching: Guide, don't tell

8 February 2023
Winter 2023

How can health coaching improve patient outcomes and strengthen the patient-practitioner relationship? Sophie Goodchild explores the benefits and challenges of personalising care and empowering your patients.

According to Health Education England, the fundamental principles of health coaching are intended to help patients self-manage their health condition in pursuit of their goals. This is a radical change from a historically paternalistic culture, where health professionals exercised control in how care is delivered, towards a shared decision-making process with the patient.

Based on behaviour change theory and forming part of the NHS Long-term plan, the technique is devised to equip people with the confidence, knowledge and skills to live healthier lives.

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