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Monday, February 27 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
(BRIGHTON) Health Coaching: Empowering Students to Empower Patients

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Abstract Body: Medical students strive to be of help to patients and healthcare teams during early clinical experiences. Providers frequently feel too rushed to adequately discuss with patients multiple diagnoses and treatment goals, and research confirms that patients often leave medical visits without fully understanding the medical information they receive1,2. Health coaches help patients to develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge they need to become informed, active participants in their own health care. Patients who work with health coaches have better control of their chronic medical conditions and have lower rates of re-hospitalization3,4. Three regional institutions implemented health coaching curricula in order to provide an authentic role for students to improve patient understanding of treatment plans and goals. Training students in health coaching techniques enables students to add value to the clinical encounter. Learning Objectives: Define health coaching; identify three reasons why teaching medical students health coaching skills may benefit students, care teams, and patients Discuss health coaching curricula from three medical schools Prepare for implementing a health coaching curriculum at home institutions Methods: 10 minutes: Overview of health coaching, introduction of panelists 30 minutes: Panelists from three medical schools describe their health coaching curricula 20 minutes: Panelists demonstrate health coaching skills; audience participates 20 minutes: Participants discuss how coaching skills are relevant for medical students and how to implement, and/or expand, health coaching curricula at their home institutions 10 minutes: Debrief in large group about plans and potential challenges for developing health coaching curricula at home institutions Intended Outcomes: Participants will become familiar with a curricular innovation that has the potential to support student professional identity formation, improve student communication skills, enhance student efficacy in having an authentic role in the health care team, empower patients in their own health care, and improve patient outcomes. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to begin developing a health coaching curriculum at their home institution. Target Audience: WGEA members: faculty, student, resident, staff attendees References: Ghorob A et al. Health coaching. Virtual Mentor. 2013 Apr 1;15(4):319-26 Bennett HD et al. Health coaching for patients with chronic illness. Fam Pract Manag. 2010;17(5):24-29 Willard-Grace R et al. Health Coaching by Medical Assistants to Improve Control of Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hyperlipidemia in Low-Income Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Annals of Family Medicine. 2015; 13(2): 130-138. Benzo R et al. Health coaching and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rehospitalization: a randomized study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Sep 15;194(6):672-80 

Monday February 27, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm

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