Behavior Change in Diabetes Practitioners: An intervention Using Motivation, Action Planning and Prompts

Wendy Maltinsky, Vivien Swanson

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It is important for health professionals to have behavior change skills to empower people to manage long-term-conditions. Theoretically derived, competency-based training can be particularly effective where it considers reflective and automatic routes to behavior change. The aim of this study was to develop, deliver and evaluate a motivational, action and prompting behavior change skills intervention for diabetes health practitioners in Scotland, UK.
This was a longitudinal intervention study. A 2-day intervention was delivered to 99 health professionals. Participants set behavioral goals to change practice, completing action and coping plans post-training. Motivation and plan quality were evaluated in relation to goal achievement at 6-week follow-up.
Post-training, practitioners could develop high quality work-related action and coping plans, which they were motivated to enact. Although under half responded at follow-up, most reported successful goal achievement. There was no difference in plan quality for goal achievers, non-achievers and non-responders. Barriers and facilitators of behavior change included institutional, service-user and individual factors.
The intervention successfully used planning to implement participants’ behaviour change goals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2312-2319
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number2
Early online date21 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2020


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