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Public health: PART 4 Behaviour change tools

14 February 2019
Volume 28 · Issue 3


Lynn Craig, Subject Lead, Adult Nursing, and Senior Lecturer (, Emma Senior, Senior Lecturer/Programme Lead, Adult Nursing, and Michelle Mitchel, Graduate Teacher, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, discuss tools used to help patients change health behaviours

This article is the last in a series exploring the role of the nurse, midwife or other health professional in public health (Craig and Senior, 2018; Senior and Craig, 2019; Senior et al, 2019). This article will explore the tools that can be used in the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) approach.

As suggested in part 3 (Senior et al, 2019), the accumulation of small changes in individual lifestyle behaviours can create significant improvements in health (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 2014). Nurses are ideally placed to promote, advise on and support these small changes (Lawrence et al, 2016). As with any successful intervention, the nurse–patient relationship and the delivery of person-centered care are fundamental elements. Good communication skills that draw on both verbal and non-verbal communication and listening are paramount, leading to a trusting and supportive relationship whereby delicate and personal issues may be approached confidently by the health professional.

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