Supporting behaviour change is one of the critical components of self-management support and needs more time and focus by all health providers.
With an ageing population, an increasing demand is being placed on healthcare and the role of healthcare staff in supporting behaviour change becomes more critical.
Behaviour change is an essential part of self-management and therefore of self-management support.
People need to be supported to:
participate in screening programmes
manage their own health by making healthy lifestyle choices, being active and taking their medication.
Healthcare staff need to be skilled at helping people to find what changes are important to them, what motivates people to make those changes and turn them into a habit. As everyone who has tried to change their behaviour knows, behaviour change is not easy and is influenced by a number of complicated factors.
Supporting behaviour change requires an understanding of what drives behaviour change and the social and economic situations that shape behaviour.