- Pamphlets, posters and reading materials.
- Short questionnaires.
- Assess patient’s readiness to change
- Early behavior: information.
- Ready for change: counseling and behavior modification.
- Changed: support and follow-up.
- Community programs and resources.
Add ask, assist, advice and arrange.
Most clinics and hospitals display information on numerous healthcare topics. Information written at an appropriate level for the community members will be very helpful for their understanding. Wellness questionnaires are useful to determine if a risky behavior should be addressed. There is information and limited tools related to the recommendations are available in ePSS in the tools section.
Another factor in instigating change is the individual’s desire for change. As identified here: information is recommended early behavior, understanding the risk may be sufficient for the patient to modify his/her behavior; an individual who is ready for change will benefit from counseling and will be willing to modify the behavior; even after changes are made continued support will improve retention of the improved behavior. Communities have numerous resources that could be recommended, the local public health officer/staff may be a good starting point to acquire information about available social services.
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