And it seems that the American Medical Association (AMA) now feels the same way since it recently recommended that doctors use in their practices.
Changing Views in the Medical Community Provide Health Coaches a Place in Treatment Programs
What this says is thatare now being recognized as a huge value-add to doctors’ practices in that they are able to fill a role and bridge a gap between doctors and patients that most doctors simply don’t have the time or training to do themselves.
And more good news is thatwho receive our specialized training at are uniquely equipped with the tools necessary to facilitate habit change for such patients because they know that: Knowledge does not equal behavior change.
Health Coaches Provide Clients the Support for Habit Change that Doctors Cannot
This is one of the many reasons patients walk away from doctors’ offices and struggle to make any, let alone lasting, changes. Just because they know their diagnosis or have some knowledge as to how to handle it, it doesn’t mean that once they return to their routines and daily habits that they will actually make changes let alone changes they want to make.
This is an extremely challenging situation for the doctor-patient relationship and does not bode well for the patient’s prognosis. The truth is that when people are making changes, big or small, to their lifestyle and habits, they need the type of support and accountability that doctors are unfortunately too maxed out to give.
But first patients need to understand what, if anything, is in the way of them making such changes. That’s why at
Because it’s less about what you know and more about what you believe about what you know.
A Good Health Coach Will Help Their Clients Become Aware of Bad Habits
This is the reasoning behind why knowledge does not equal behavior change and why our coaches are experts in helping patients discover the underlying reasons for keeping themselves stuck in beliefs that perpetuate bad habits and prevent healthy regeneration of the whole person.
A Doctor Might Leave Clients Confused and Unsure How to Focus on Their Health
Here’s an example of a typical doctor-patient scenario that can backfire on a patient’s health outcome:
Imagine you’re at the doctor’s office and you get diagnosed with diabetes or heart disease or another potentially lifestyle-induced illness that requires not only medical treatment but lifestyle and behavior changes.
The way that modern medicine works is that doctors are specialized to provide an assessment upon your presentation of symptoms and to suggest a treatment or prescribe medication to aid in the relief or eradication of those symptoms.
After your doctor’s appointment and his/her assessment, you are sent home and, at best, given some instruction as to how to best proceed forward in terms of your health care but you are often left to figure out, or implement, such changes to your diet, lifestyle and overall health on your own.
This can be downright overwhelming, and the one place we often default to for advice and support with our health issues is the internet, which can prove counterproductive or mis-informative.
After such diagnoses, what we need most, and receive little of, is support and accountability. We need someone to go the journey with us and help us navigate the often unfamiliar or daunting territory of health, wellness and lifestyle behavior changes that have so much to do with improving or changing our daily habits.
Changing Habits to Improve Health Can Be Overwhelming Without Coaching Guidance
Why daunting? In this oversaturated, modern world of daily diet fads, health gurus galore and contradictory wellness advice, it’s hard to know where to begin. There are a multitude of ways to go in search of better health and since each person is unique, it’s just not a one-size-fits all type of solution. Yet we are often too busy to seek out the alternative, holistic approach to supplement our health care.
The AMA’s recent endorsement ofto support physician practices speaks to this point because are professionally trained to help people make changes to their diet and lifestyle and to follow through in a way that no other healthcare professional can.
The American Medical Association Recognizes the Importance of Health Coaches
According to the AMA “is a collaborative approach to care that informs, engages and activates patients to take a prominent role in managing their health. By bridging the gap between the physician and patient, can help practices improve patient engagement in their care, leading to healthier patients with better outcomes.”
Because ais there as the patient’s number one fan, they have no ulterior motives other than to help their client reach their ultimate health goals, stay on track and become the absolute healthiest version of themselves in body, mind and spirit.
Ais not called a “coach” for no reason. Coaches are there with the number one aim of supporting you, stretching you and holding you accountable to the plan of action you choose to follow on your health and life path, granted that it’s in your best interests.
The AMA states that the goal ofis “patient engagement and motivation,” which is the number one thing lacking, even following serious medical diagnoses. Doctors simply don’t have the bandwidth to follow through and keep their patients actively engaged and physically and spiritually motivated.
Another claim the AMA makes is thatare “a bonus for patient and provider alike” because “physicians can rest assured that their recommendations are being communicated in a way that patients can understand and adhere to.”
The bottom line is that, according to the AMA, “Engaged and motivated patients have better outcomes.” And there is no better equipped person than a professionally trainedto help patients stay motivated and achieve top results.
Think ofas the ideal liaison between doctor and patient, as the interpreter of complicated medical terminology and the missing link in the human loop of healthcare. The ’s role is really that powerful.
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*This post was inspired by an article published by the American Medical Association