Background. Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disabilities worldwide. Life coaching has been used as a technique for promoting a healthy lifestyle and behavior among patients with mental health disorders. Purpose. The purpose of this chart review is to understand the effect of life coaching in patients with persistent chronic mental health disorders to improve physical and mental wellbeing. Method. A review of the medical charts of 20 patients enrolled in a life coaching program between January 2010 and January 2016 was performed. Additionally, a review of the SF36 data and scores before and after the life coaching program was done to evaluate the effects of life coaching on wellbeing. Data analysis. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics for continuous and categorical variables. Paired t-tests were done to determine any changes before and after the life coaching program. Results. Life coaching appeared to have some benefits for these patients with chronic mental health conditions with co-morbidities. Specifically, there was a decrease in emotional wellbeing noted, but social functioning improved significantly. Further, there were small improvements found in the scores for role limitations due to physical and emotional problems, energy, pain, and general health, but these improvements were not statistically significant. Conclusion. This chart review provided meaningful clinical information as well as identified some of the gaps in the use of life coaching in managing patients with chronic persistent mental health disorders. This will help to identify more effective measures for the best results managing this patient population.
|Commitee:||Woods, Diana, Adams, John A.|
|School:||Azusa Pacific University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Mental health, Health sciences|
|Keywords:||Chronic persistent mental health disorders, Life coaching, Mental health, Mental well being, Physical well being, SF-36|
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