Healing and the Client and Practitioner Relationship
All healing of the human structure begins with a commitment from the client to change – as well as a practitioner who functions as both a facilitator and a teacher. Whether you want to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself, kick a bad habit, or overcome a persistent physical issue, your commitment to change behavior is where successful change begins.
The Behavior Changing Elements
Changing behavior is rarely easy. To begin, it is important to understand the three most essential elements in changing behavior:
- Readiness to change behavior- Engaging a practitioner to guide a lasting change successfully
- Barriers to changing behavior- Identify what is preventing you from changing
- Likelihood of relapse- Recognizing the triggers that will return the former behavior
The US Institute of Medicine’s landmark report, Crossing the Quality Chasm, emphasized healthcare providers should be “respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values,” and ensure “patient values guide all healthcare decisions.
The Role of the Practitioner Partner
A Healing Practitioner who facilitates patient engagement represents a significant shift from paternalistic models of care in the past in which practitioners tell patients what they should do, to one in which they partner with patients to meet the desired goal. The collaborative partnership is intended to help make better medical decisions, educate patients about how to get healthy and manage conditions, and sustain patient interest in their ongoing care.
Accomplishing a health behavior change must start with the patient. Without a complete commitment and understanding of the care and needed changes, a patient will not be able to effectively improve their health. The practitioner’s role is to inform, educate and recommend an action plan to achieve a positive outcome.
Patients that are not ready to make a health behavior change should consult a Healing Practitioner to:
- Discuss the importance of the change for you
- Discuss the risks of continuing the unhealthy behavior
- Discuss the rewards of adopting healthy behavior
- Identify roadblocks they will encounter to change their behavior
Common examples of health decisions include whether and how to make health behavior changes, when to start and how to get preventive screening, management for acute or chronic conditions, how to prioritize competing health needs, and even when to change or stop treatment.
Countless research studies have shown that incorporating a patient’s goals and motivations into planned behavior change increases the likelihood that a patient will be successful with behavior change. If you are ready to change your behavior and improve your health, engage a Healing Practitioner to help inform, educate and recommend the appropriate action plan.
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