Health Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners

Health Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners

by Christopher C Butler BA MBChB DCH FRCGP MD CC (Author), Pip Mason RGN BSc(Econ) MSocSc (Author), Stephen Rollnick BSocSci(Hons) MSc DipClinPsych (Author)


The book offers a description and demonstration of a method for changing health behaviours based on brief negotiation with clients. It is written in a very stimulating style, engaging the reader from the first page. After an introductory section, the fundamental principles behind the method are explored. The third section deals with application. Client scenarios and snippets from practitioner/client interactions are used throughout the book to illustrate practical applications of theoretical points.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Edition: 8
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Published: 29 Jun 1999

ISBN 10: 0443058504
ISBN 13: 9780443058509

Media Reviews
The book is engaging and practical, written by professionals who have theoretical understanding of behavior change and more importantly, the wisdom that comes from years of facilitating positive behavior change in their patients. This book should be required reading for every health care professional . Mary Marden Velasquez Ph.D, University of Houston
something you can pick up and then use the next day? This is it! A fine little book, this is a must read for people working in the health care professions . David B Rosengren, Ph.D, University of Washington
invaluable resource for both the most seasoned primary health care professionals as well as students of clinical health psychology, medical social work, nurse education, and general medicine. Three cheers to Drs. Rollnick, Mason, and Butler!! Gary Rose, Ph.D, Harvard School of Medicine
outstandingly helpful and practical book for health professionals . William R Miller, Ph.D, University of New Mexico
absorbing book, written by a clinical psychologist, a nurse and a GP, challenges the ways in which we are taught to advise patients on health promotion matters and shows the doctor how such advice could be delivered more effectively. Dr Jeremy M Sager,, May 1999
nuts and bolts of how to help patients change their behaviour from the experts an invaluable guide for counsellors who are increasingly asked to work with patients with chronic medical conditions. Dr Graham Curtis Jenkins, Director, Counselling in Primary Care Trust, January 2001
thoughtful, practical guide that deserves to be read by a whole host of health practitioners. I am recommending it to my colleagues and students interested in health behaviour change as required reading. Carlo C Diclemente, Tobacco Control, vol 9, January 2000
most exciting contribution is that it gives readers specific guidelines on how to apply theories to everyday practice. It is hard to imagine a reader who would come away from this book without concrete ideas on how to improve encounters with clients. Betsy D Foy and Scott T Walters, Health Promotion Practice, vol 2, October 2001
Author Bio
Pip Mason has a background in general nursing and her first post after qualifying was in neurosurgical intensive care. Quickly realising that she was better suited to working with patients who were well enough to have a conversation, Pip took some counselling training and began working with people with alcohol problems. From the start, Pip was intrigued by the issues of motivation, commitment and ambivalence, and enjoyed the challenge of engaging needy but reluctant service users. She was also intrigued by the emerging research showing the effectiveness of 'brief interventions'. These interests took her into work with other fields of addiction and into health behaviour changes such as eating, physical activity and medication compliance to prevent, and manage, both physical and mental ill-health. Pip's post-graduate research degree explored the value of placing alcohol counsellors within primary care teams, something that was new at the time but is now widespread across the UK. She currently keeps her own consultation skills fresh working two days a week in a 'recovery hub' in the West Midlands, UK, as a practitioner working with people who have gambling problems. Pip's other developing interest was how best to train practitioners to work in line with the emerging evidence base. In a consultant capacity, Pip worked with the Health Education Authority (England) and with the World Health Organization, developing training packages and disseminating guidance on brief health promotion interventions to health professionals across Europe. Currently, she runs a training consultancy practice, Pip Mason Consultancy Ltd, teaching the ideas within this book alongside intervention skills such as cognitive behavioral therapy and Motivational Interviewing. For over 20 years, Pip has been an active member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), which is an international organization committed to promoting high-quality Motivational Interviewing practice and training. Many hundreds of people from all sorts of backgrounds have attended Pip's courses over the years and shared their perspectives with her - some of their experiences are found within this book.