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Goal-setting in the Office: Tips for Success

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Dr. Marina Abdel Malak

is a Family Medicine Resident at the University of Toronto. She graduated and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and went on to study Medicine. She has a passion for medical education, patient empowerment, and increasing awareness about the relationship between mental, emotional, and physical health.

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Abstract:Empowering patients to set health-directed goals can be a challenging process. The skilled clinician successfully supports patients in setting goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic/relevant, and time-related). When goals are made in collaboration with patients, they are more likely to be long-lasting and impactful. This article will focus on how physicians can work with patients to identify, create, and work towards meaningful interventions that optimize health.
Key Words: motivation, behaviour changes, counselling, goals, treatment.

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Goal-setting should be a partnership between physicians and patients
Asking patients what THEY want—and can—change in their lives/health is the first step to eliciting what behaviours can be targeted
After goals are set, it is important for physicians to reassess patients' progress by asking them if goals were met, and why or why not. When success occurs, patients should be congratulated on their achievements. If the goals were not met, physicians should seek to understand why this occurred, and work with patients to create new goals that are more realistic or achievable
Physicians should motivate patients to set goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic/relevant, and time-related)
Patients are more likely to adhere to behaviours, habits, or interventions if they feel understood, supported, and empowered
Supporting patients in achieving goals that optimize health can have significant impacts on patient wellness, self-esteem, functioning; and strengthens the physician-patient relationship
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Lifestyle Approaches to Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Lifestyle Approaches to Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Teaser: 

Robert J. Petrella, MD, PhD, President, Canadian Coalition for High Blood Pressure Prevention and Control; Associate Professor and Medical Director, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Hypertension is the leading reason for office visits to primary care physicians and is also the leading chronic disease of aging. Given the aging demographic in Canada, its burden on the health care system will grow, making prevention and treatment of hypertension a priority. Solid evidence regarding effective pharmacological therapies in hypertension is available, yet diagnosis and treatment rates remain poor. Likewise, solid evidence regarding the effect of non-pharmacological or lifestyle interventions also is available for clinicians. Furthermore, lifestyle interventions may potentiate the effects of pharmacological therapies due to their inherent modification of positive chronic disease behaviour, resulting in improved maintenance of treatment interventions. With pressure to see many patients in the busy primary care practice, clinicians should resist the "quick-fix" approach to treating hypertension solely by pharmacological means. Consideration of lifestyle modification is worth the time in terms of obtaining sustained control of a growing population at risk.
Key words: hypertension, lifestyle interventions, behaviour change.