Objectives: This study sought to identify older patients’ perceptions of primary care providers’ influence on their likelihood of improving diet and physical activity. Methods: 104 adults ages 65 and older were interviewed immediately following a routine primary care visit about their plans and motivations for behavior change and how their clinic visit would influence their likelihood of making lifestyle changes. All interviews were recorded, transcribed and analyzed using a constant comparison approach. Results: Participants reported that their providers influence their health behaviors by developing strong relationships, addressing concerns and encouraging change, and providing concrete instruction. When providers did not discuss diet or physical activity, or mentioned these topics only briefly, participants often perceived the message that they should continue their current behaviors. Conclusions: Whether and how diet and physical activity are discussed in primary care influences the likelihood that older adults will make changes in these behaviors. Clinical Implications: These findings highlight the need for a patient-centered counseling approach and caution providers to think twice before omitting discussion of the need for lifestyle change.
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - Aug 8 2018|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), funded by the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supported by the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research (Grant Number TL1 RR033172). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
© 2018 Taylor & Francis Group. LLC.
- Health behavior
- lifestyle change
- older adults
- primary care
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Health(social science)
- Clinical Psychology
- Geriatrics and Gerontology