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A total of 148 health and social care practitioners were trained in skills to support behaviour change: creating opportunities to discuss health behaviours, using open discovery questions, listening, reflecting and goal-setting. At three time points post-training, use of the skills was evaluated and compared with use of skills by untrained practitioners. Trained practitioners demonstrated significantly greater use of these client-centred skills to support behaviour change compared to their untrained peers up to 1 year post-training. Because it uses existing services to deliver support for behaviour change, this training intervention has the potential to improve public health at relatively low cost.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/1359105314523304

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of health psychology

Publication Date

02/2016

Volume

21

Pages

138 - 151

Addresses

MRC LEU, University of Southampton, UK wtl@mrc.soton.ac.uk.

Keywords

Humans, Communication, Health Behavior, Public Health, Health Personnel