10 Ways to Strengthen Health Coaching-Physician Collaborations

Friday, June 1st, 2012
This post was written by Cheryl Miller

There’s a “confluence of influences bringing health coaching to the forefront” of healthcare delivery, observes Richard Botelho, MD, professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Botelho suggests 10 ways to foster successful collaborations between health coaching or disease management organizations and the provider community that enhances health outcomes and the quality of care delivery.

His suggestions include the following:

  • Establish a physician-patient-community advisory board about integrated health coaching.
  • Get provider-patient-community input about health coaching for program development.
  • Assess what practices need to promote and provide health coaching.
  • Create forums for the dialogue between providers and healthcare plans to improve performance of health coaching programs.
  • Provide payment to support out-of-visit health coaching.
  • Develop self-management support and health education materials that make work easier for providers and practices.
  • Tailor knowledge transfer strategies about integrated health coaching programs to practice sites.
  • Provide academic detailing to providers about health coaching programs.
  • Provide programs to support staff about workflow issues that support health coaching processes.
  • Provide data systems to track health coaching processes about outcomes.
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