Motivating Patients: A Clinical Competency for PTs and PTAs
Motivating patients or clients to change their health-related behaviors is core to the success of almost every episode of care administered by PTs and PTAs, from short-term adherence to a post-op inpatient or home program; from long-term adherence to a lifestyle behavior change program. A major step toward enabling patients and clients to effect health behavior change begins with identifying your own perceived and actual facilitators and barriers to successfully effecting such change in your patients and clients, as well as their internal and external motivations, and their real and perceived barriers to changing. In recent years, a strong evidence base has developed supporting processes of teaching and learning to effect behavior change in patients and clients, within time- and resource-constraints of PT and PTA practices.In this webinar, you will learn about the supporting evidence for methods of motivating your patients and clients to achieve targeted behavior change in the short- or long-term. You will come away with new skills in communicating with your patients and client resulting in you as a clinician achieving superior outcomes and your patients and clients achieving greater health self-efficacy, satisfaction, and appreciation of their health overall.
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Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:
- Describe the relationship of an individual’s motivation to health behavior change. Identify an evidence base for health behavior change.
- Articulate the relationship between motivation and successful outcomes for physical therapy patients and clients.
- Identify key assessment tools and methods or strategies to facilitate behavior change. Apply at least 1 of the methods or strategies to a patient or client you currently are managing.
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