Health coaching is effective with a variety of people and in a variety of settings.
1. Decision-making is aided by health coaching.
Thom et al. (2016) conducted a qualitative study of health coaches who assist patients in making health-related decisions and implementing changes. Patients, friends, family members, health coaches, and professionals participated in focus groups and individual interviews. Working with physicians to support their patients in identifying and asking questions of the clinician, keeping the patient engaged between visits, and reducing the patient’s fear and anxiety around appointments were all noted as benefits of health coaching in the study.
Coaches assisted patients in identifying options, developing strategies, overcoming obstacles, locating resources, and providing reminders. Clinicians enabled patients to make more decisions by providing this assistance. Although coaches provided options and ideas, the patient ultimately made the decision. Coaches assisted patients in identifying options, developing strategies, overcoming obstacles, locating resources, and providing reminders.
Clinicians enabled patients to make more decisions by providing this assistance. Although coaches provided options and ideas, the patient ultimately made the decision.
2. Hypertensive patients benefit from health coaching.
According to Singh, Kennedy, and Stupans’s (2021) findings, health coaching improved the management of poorly controlled hypertension. For three months, pharmacists trained in health coaching met with an intervention group of participants once a month for 15 to 30 minutes. To increase their knowledge and attitudes about hypertension, participants were informed on the condition, its complications, treatment options, and therapeutic aims. Recording current blood pressure and comparing it to the previous month was one of the three health coaching sessions.
In addition, participants discussed their previous month’s diet, exercise, and medication adherence objectives, and they set blood pressure, diet, exercise, and medication adherence goals for the coming month.
3. Diabetes is helped with health coaching.
Chen et al. (2019) studied the effectiveness of a six-month coaching intervention in decreasing HbA1c and enhancing diabetic self-efficacy. A total of 116 people with Type 2 diabetes took part in a coaching intervention research. For six months, the intervention group received health coaching as well as a routine treatment, while the control group received only routine care.
HbA1c level and diabetes management self-efficacy were the key outcome variables, which were followed up on at three and six months. After six months of health coaching, the intervention group saw a decrease in HbA1c. Health coaching also improved physical activity and diabetes management self-efficacy.