Defining Best Practices in Health Coaching: From Competencies to Processes
Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) July 14, 2006
Leade Health, a pioneer in the field of health coaching, has released "Defining Best Practices in Health Coaching: From Competencies to Processes," a new whitepaper that will help establish best practices for behavioral change programs such as weight management, stress reduction, tobacco cessation and cardiovascular health. One of an ongoing series, the research paper is available for download from Leade Health at no charge.
“No defined health coaching best practices currently exist,” says Michael D. Mulvihill, President and CEO of Leade Health. “By establishing and utilizing a best practices approach, we plan to serve as a model for the industry in delivering best-in-class coaching, achieving behavioral change and reducing health care costs for employers.”
Achieving these outcomes requires health coaches who are client-centered, non-judgmental, and excellent listeners. These personal characteristics, along with specific knowledge, skills and abilities, are competencies that Leade Health will measure as part of their best practices approach.
In the new whitepaper, the firm points out that only a limited body of research examines health and wellness coaching. Overall, many gaps still exist in knowledge regarding best practices in health coaching. To begin to fill some of these gaps, and to investigate what makes successful health programs work, Leade Health is committed to undertake scientific research under the direction of their Scientific Advisory Board. This independent group will provide oversight in areas related to best practices research. In the whitepaper, Leade explains their research project to determine the skills most critical for successful health coaching.
Leade Health and its team of health coaches have a good start on benchmark data that confirms clients’ success in their health coaching programs. For example, Leade has served nearly 34,000 tobacco users with quit rates among the highest in the industry, averaging 27% at 12 months. Nearly 10,000 weight management program participants consistently achieve outcomes well above reported norms, with 89% achieving weight loss or weight stabilization after one year, and 37% losing 5% or more of body weight. Leade’s top quality coaches, products and practices, and years of experience uniquely qualify them to deliver health coaching best practices to the marketplace.
Leade Health is defining best practices using the Interactive Domain Model (IDM) of Best Practices in Health Promotion developed by the Center for Health Promotion at the University of Toronto. The center cites that, “Best practices in health promotion are those sets of processes and actions that are consistent with health promotion values, theories, evidence and understanding of the environment, and that are most likely to achieve health promotion goals in a given situation.” The development of best practices utilizing a comprehensive and systematic approach requires the commitment of an entire organization.
To download “Defining Best Practices in Health Coaching: From Competencies to Processes,” or for additional information on Leade Health, visit http://www.leadehealth.com.
About Leade Health
Founded in 1990 and based in Ann Arbor Michigan, Leade Health specializes in Health Coaching in the areas of Weight Management, Stress Management, Tobacco Cessation, and Cardiovascular Health. Leade Health has earned a reputation for partnership integrity, product innovation and program impact. Leade Health‘s success rates from its signature Health Coaching model achieve outcome results that exceed national norms.
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