Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The perceived role of wellness health coaches in delivering care to employees and their spouses with chronic conditions in a health care system in the Midwest
by Ginos, Elizabeth, M.S.N., Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, 2013, 93; 1570472
Abstract (Summary)

The focus of recent attention in healthcare is the increasing population of people with chronic condition and the increasing cost of managing the health of this population. To improve care outcomes and increase cost effectiveness of managing the health of these patients their care needs to be directed by evidence-based approaches. One of these approaches could be wellness health coaching directed toward helping patients self-manage their chronic condition. The problem however, is that the research on the role of wellness health coaches with helping patients self-manage their chronic condition is limited. Therefore, research that focuses on the role of wellness health coaches and their approaches to facilitate self-management are needed.

To gain understanding of the role and approaches of these wellness health coaches a phenomenological method was used. By personal interviews with six wellness health coaches, the researcher sought to answer the two research questions by describing their perceived role and their approaches to facilitate self-management of individuals with chronic conditions.

Wellness health coaches in this study perceived their roles as educators, motivators, guides, supporters, facilitator, collaborator, and coordinator. With all their clients they help set goals and develop a plan to meet their goals. The wellness health coaches' approaches to help improve their clients' self-management skills include providing them with written educational materials, resource information, and other tools such as websites on health information. All of these wellness health coaches' activities are aimed at empowering their clients to be able to improve their lifestyle and overall health.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mayville, Karen
Commitee: Shepard, Julie, Williams, Margie
School: Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health education
Keywords: Chronic conditions, Health coaching, Self-management, Wellness
Publication Number: 1570472
ISBN: 978-1-321-39042-1
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