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Promoting prevention: Skill sets and attributes of health care providers who deliver behavioral interventions

Burke, LE and Fair, J (2003) Promoting prevention: Skill sets and attributes of health care providers who deliver behavioral interventions. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 18 (4). 256 - 266. ISSN 0889-4655

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Preventive therapies have been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease. However, health care providers are not addressing prevention and not treating patients according to evidence-based guidelines. Reasons frequently cited for not delivering health promotion/disease prevention oriented care is lack of training or skills to provide counseling, and a lack of confidence in health care provider skills. This article outlines the skills and attributes considered essential for a health care provider to promote behavioral change and risk reduction. The skills and attributes of the health care provider, such as expertise and knowledge, skills for assessing readiness for behavior change, relationship building skills, and skill in considering the patient's attitudes and beliefs about the disease or treatment are discussed. Principles of communication to guide the patient-provider encounter, key behavioral change strategies, and use of technology are reviewed and resources available to support prevention goals are presented. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Burke, LElbu100@pitt.eduLBU100
Fair, J
Date: 1 January 2003
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Volume: 18
Number: 4
Page Range: 256 - 266
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1097/00005082-200309000-00004
Schools and Programs: School of Nursing > Nursing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0889-4655
MeSH Headings: Attitude of Health Personnel; Attitude to Health; Cardiovascular Diseases--prevention & control; Clinical Competence--standards; Communication; Counseling--standards; Health Behavior; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Health Personnel--education; Health Personnel--psychology; Health Personnel--standards; Health Promotion--methods; Humans; Models, Psychological; Nurse's Role; Nursing Assessment; Patient Education as Topic--standards; Primary Prevention--methods; Professional-Patient Relations; Risk Reduction Behavior; Social Support
PubMed ID: 14518601
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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