Communication can alter behaviour

Nurses are in an ideal position to use the simple technique of questioning to help patients change their health behaviours

Abstract

Nurses are in an ideal position to use the simple technique of questioning to help patients change their health behaviours.  

Most people know what they should or should not be doing for their health, and sometimes they just need a gentle reminder. Through empathetic questioning, nurses can extend the holistic approach to their role as educator.

To change their behaviour, a patient first needs to be convinced that the change will make a difference to their health and be confident they can adapt their behaviour to achieve a successful outcome.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'Change for the better' in Nursing Standard: 19 August 2015, volume 29, issue 51.

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