Advising the Patient

Physicians are influential catalysts for patient behavior change. By providing explicit health behavior advice, physicians establish that lifestyle changes are an important part of health care and motivate patients to change. Advice is most powerful when personalized and linked to a patient's own concerns, experiences, or values. A warm, empathetic, and nonjudgmental style engenders cooperation and less resistance. By qualifying advice with remarks such as, "As your physician, I feel I should tell you that . . . ," the physician conveys respect for and avoids undermining patient autonomy (Whitlock et al., 2002). Placing confidence in the patient's ability to change and acknowledging past successes build patient's self-efficacy. Advice messages should not be lectures and should be delivered in 30 to 60 seconds.

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