Impact of Repeated Health Behavior Counseling on Women Portraying an Overweight Standardized Patient

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Abstract

Objective:

To investigate the influence of participation in a health behavior counseling (HBC) case by examining standardized patients' real-life attitudes and behaviors toward nutrition and physical activity habits.

Methods:

Focus group sessions were held with 10 standardized patients who regularly participated in the HBC case. Emergent themes were identified using grounded theory data analysis.

Results:

Standardized patients reported how participation with role playing in the HBC case prompted personal lifestyle changes. Changes occurred through increased awareness and motivation to make adjustments to health habits, such as exercise and improved food choices.

Conclusions and Implications:

The HBC model can be an effective method for helping patients to recognize the need to take action and implement positive lifestyle changes.

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