Using Action Plans to Help Primary Care Patients Adopt Healthy Behaviors: A Descriptive Study

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This article reports research finding that most patients reported making a behaviour change based on an action plan, suggesting that action plans may be a useful strategy to encourage behavior change for patients seen in primary care.

An action plan is an agreement between clinician and patient that the patient will make a specific behaviour change.  This article reports research to: determine whether it is feasible for patients to make action plans in the primary care visit; determine whether patients report carrying out their action plans; and describe the action plans patients choose.  The study found that most patients reported making a behaviour change based on an action plan, suggesting that action plans may be a useful strategy to encourage behavior change for patients seen in primary care.

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