This desk guide will support the health worker to briefly discuss key messages related to lifestyle change, disease education and adherence to clinic appointments and medication with each patient, following an initial assessment, diagnosis and case management. The guide focuses on patient adherence and lifestyle assessment. It will enable the health educator to facilitate behaviour change, through mechanisms such as delivering key educational messages and the development of individual action plans. An education leaflet has also been developed. Once adapted, this should be given to patients and used throughout each appointment with the health educator as a prompt. It is emphasised that at each appointment, the health educator should review progress, encourage all efforts to change behaviour, reemphasise key messages and decide whether other behaviours can also be targeted, giving assistance and guidance in doing so. Individual goals should be reviewed and revised to reflect progress. NOTE: Whilst every effort has been taken to produce guidance according to best available evidence, interpretation and implementation should be undertaken in conjunction with clinician judgment.
Walley, J.; Weston, R.; Graham, K. Cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension in adults. Health educator desk guide. Evidence document. COMDIS-HSD, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (2012) 29 pp.