A square peg in a round hole? Approaches to incorporating lifestyle counselling into routine primary health care

Laws, Rachel, Williams, Anna, Powell Davies, Gawaine, Eames-Brown, Rosslyn, Amoroso, Cheryl and Harris, Mark F. 2008, A square peg in a round hole? Approaches to incorporating lifestyle counselling into routine primary health care, Australian journal of primary health, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 101-111, doi: 10.1071/PY08042.

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Title A square peg in a round hole? Approaches to incorporating lifestyle counselling into routine primary health care
Author(s) Laws, RachelORCID iD for Laws, Rachel orcid.org/0000-0003-4328-1116
Williams, Anna
Powell Davies, Gawaine
Eames-Brown, Rosslyn
Amoroso, Cheryl
Harris, Mark F.
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 101
End page 111
Total pages 11
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1836-7399
Summary Few studies have explored how lifestyle counselling can be integrated into routine practice for primary health care (PHC) clinicians working outside general practice. This paper describes the feasibility of models of lifestyle counselling developed for PHC clinicians working in community health services and the congruence with routine practice. Action research methods were used to develop and implement models of lifestyle counselling in three community health teams. Following a six-month implementation period, semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposeful sample of participants (n = 30) to explore the appropriateness of implementing risk factor management models in practice. Models were considered appropriate if they fitted the clinician’s philosophy of practice, were relevant to existing work tasks, could easily be integrated into workflow and were perceived as being acceptable to the client. The approach to service delivery and team priorities were also important in influencing which models suited particular teams. Models of lifestyle counselling for PHC clinicians outside general practice should be tailored to the clinicians’ and teams’ way of working and thus may need to be discipline-specific. Engaging PHC clinicians and teams is important in developing models that are acceptable and feasible in everyday practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/PY08042
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, CSIRO Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083485

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