Evaluating the implementation of health coaching in a rural setting

Kaye E. Ervin, vivienne jeffery, Alison Koschel


Objective: The aim of this project was to explore the barriers and enablers to implementation of staff training in Health Coaching, a model of care employed in primary care to facilitate client self management of chronic disease.

Methods: Forty six staff from five rural community health settings were recruited to undertake training in Health Coaching. A simple post training quantitative evaluation was conducted by surveying staff five months post training.

Results: There was a 68% response rate to the surveys. Only 50% of staff trained in Health Coaching reported implementing it into practice. Enabling factors to implementing the training were reported as peer and organisational support.

Conclusion: Effective models of self management in chronic disease should not be aimed at staff training alone. This study suggests that implementation of new models of care requires a significant change in clinician practice which is not readily embraced by staff.





Key words: chronic disease, early intervention, self management, staff training, training implementation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jha.v1n2p17


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