Health promotion

May-Jun 2009 Issue
The Problem With Diet and Exercise Plans [Opinion]

How much exercise is enough? The author argues that any patient who can walk a mile in 14 minutes is getting enough.

September/October 2010 Issue
Health Coaching for Patients With Chronic Illness [Feature]

The article describes health coaching, which is an approach to providing patients and families with the skills to help themselves in partnership with their physician. The article includes examples of health coaching to demonstrate to primary care physicians how to initiate coaching models in their practices.

March/April 2011 Issue
Four Strategies for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Your Practice [Feature]

The article outlines steps physicians can take to promote fitness (physical activity, nutrition and emotional wellness) to their patients, drawing on lessons from the AIM-HI research project.

Jan 2000 Issue
The Value of Brief, Targeted Smoking-Cessation Advice [Improving Patient Care]

The article, part of a series based on research from the Direct Observation of Primary Care Study, will show how a few minutes of smoking cessation advice from a family physician can be successful in helping patients break their addictions.

May 2002 Issue
Does Health Habit Advice Affect Patient Satisfaction? [Improving Patient Care]

The article will explore how patients feel about and respond to health habit counseling provided by their family physician, relying on data from the Direct Observation of Primary Care study.

May 2004 Issue
How to Make the Media Your Public Health Partner [Feature]

This article discusses opportunities in the media for physicians to address health care topics to a wide audience. It explains how to prepare for interviews and how to impart clear, relevant medical information to the public in a short amount of time or space.

May 2006 Issue
An Update on Tobacco Cessation Reimbursement [Feature]

Physicians' reimbursement options for tobacco cessation counseling include Medicare's recently broadened coverage, other insurance plans, and employee flexible spending accounts.

May/June 2011 Issue
Encouraging Patients to Change Unhealthy Behaviors With Motivational Interviewing [Feature]

The article explains the concept of motivational interviewing, a validated method to generate patient engagement and activation and involve them in setting their own health goals and agendas.

January/February 2013 Issue
Coming Home [Opinion]

The author argues that the patient-centered medical home is the ideal locus for management of patients with sickle cell disease.

Apr 1999 Issue
Making Wellness Medicine Work [Feature]

This article describes how the author is using health risk appraisals and computer-generated patient education to make annual physical exams an opportunity to practice wellness medicine more effectively.

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