Patients' failure to follow physician recommendations is a well-documented link to poorer outcomes and higher health care costs, but strategies to address the problem remain elusive. Just telling a patient what to do may not yield the health outcomes we target. Achieving and maintaining a healthy population require an entire influence strategy. Influence involves:
Understanding long-term, deeply entrenched strategies.
Understanding an individual’s knowledge/skill base and personal motivation.
Enlisting skill building as a major component of the strategy.
Interlocking behaviors with the entire social support network around the patient.
Changing minds, hearts, and eventually actions.
Continue reading for five ways you can assist your patients in changing behavior.
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