Health Behavior Change - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780702077562, 9780702077579

Health Behavior Change

3rd Edition

A Guide for Practitioners

Author: Pip Mason
eBook ISBN: 9780702077579
eBook ISBN: 9780702077586
Paperback ISBN: 9780702077562
eBook ISBN: 9780702077593
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 19th September 2018
Page Count: 240

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Based upon a tried and tested framework of intervention, Health Behavior Change, third edition, brings together the field of communication, the study of motivation and how people change, and insights derived from listening to and observing patients over many years, to provide a helpful source of advice on how to encourage individuals to embrace behaviour change and then maintain it.

This popular paperback is written in a friendly and accessible writing style, and contains an abundance of ‘real-life’ clinical cases, sample interviews, and the latest evidence-base regarding best practice. The book also contains information on learning the necessary techniques, overcoming personal barriers to success, and how to use the techniques in a wide variety of settings. Learning aids include ‘Useful Questions’ boxes, to help learners structure consultations, ‘Key Points’ boxes, to summarise the crucial ‘take home’ message, and ‘What to Avoid’ boxes, which give the benefit of extensive experience.

The new edition now comes with an EVOLVE© website which contains a helpful video demonstration of a successful interview, an explanatory transcript of which is given within the book, and downloadable Patient Worksheets.

Suitable for a wide-ranging readership ranging from primary care physicians and nurses to physiotherapists and sports therapists, this book will be perfect for use in the primary care setting, inpatient or outpatient departments, community health projects, the A&E department, leisure facilities and occupational health clinics.

Key Features

  • Perfect for brief consultations in the healthcare and sports setting
  • Abundance of practical examples – showing both good and bad practice – illustrate how the techniques can be used to optimum effect even with patients who are ‘difficult to reach’
  • Useful ‘dialogue’ between practitioner and patient illustrate points of theory
  • Contains a chapter on how to learn the technique, including potential barriers to success
  • Discusses the frustrations encountered in practice and provides practical tips on how to control emotion
  • Ideal for use in the primary care setting, inpatient or outpatient departments, community health projects, the A&E department, leisure facilities or occupational health clinics

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Principles

3. Getting started; rapport and agendas

4. Assessing importance, confidence and readiness

5. Exploring importance and building confidence

6. Exchanging information

7. Reducing resistance

8. Ending the consultation

9. Common clinical encounters

10. Learning to practice this approach

11. Calls from the consulting room

12. Example of a consultation

Appendices: Practitioner and Patient Worksheets


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About the Author

Pip Mason

Pip Mason has a background in general nursing and her first post after qualifying was in neurosurgical intensive care. Quickly realising that she was better suited to working with patients who were well enough to have a conversation, Pip took some counselling training and began working with people with alcohol problems. From the start, Pip was intrigued by the issues of motivation, commitment and ambivalence, and enjoyed the challenge of engaging needy but reluctant service users. She was also intrigued by the emerging research showing the effectiveness of ‘brief interventions’. These interests took her into work with other fields of addiction and into health behaviour changes such as eating, physical activity and medication compliance to prevent, and manage, both physical and mental ill-health. Pip’s post-graduate research degree explored the value of placing alcohol counsellors within primary care teams, something that was new at the time but is now widespread across the UK. She currently keeps her own consultation skills fresh working two days a week in a ‘recovery hub’ in the West Midlands, UK, as a practitioner working with people who have gambling problems. Pip’s other developing interest was how best to train practitioners to work in line with the emerging evidence base. In a consultant capacity, Pip worked with the Health Education Authority (England) and with the World Health Organization, developing training packages and disseminating guidance on brief health promotion interventions to health professionals across Europe. Currently, she runs a training consultancy practice, Pip Mason Consultancy Ltd, teaching the ideas within this book alongside intervention skills such as cognitive behavioral therapy and Motivational Interviewing. For over 20 years, Pip has been an active member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), which is an international organization committed to promoting high-quality Motivational Interviewing practice and training. Many hundreds of people from all sorts of backgrounds have attended Pip’s courses over the years and shared their perspectives with her – some of their experiences are found within this book.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Pip Mason Consultancy Ltd. Birmingham, UK