Behavioral Interventions And Its Effects On Health Prospects

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Behavior patterns represent the single most prominent domain of influence over health prospects in the United States (McGinnis, Williams-Russo, & Knickman, 2002). Acceptance and commitment to change, person’s values, and patient education are among the positive behaviors that could ultimately lead towards a long-term success of patient/client towards health and wellness. While it is true that there are aspects of healthcare delivery system which include access, reimbursement and third party payer’s policy regarding maintenance and wellness programs, the lack of consensus on frequency and scope of such activities that poses a challenge towards changing behavior, we the physical therapists are the front liners in facilitating and assisting our patients to be successful in assimilating into the community (Crist, McVay, & Marocco, 2013). After all, to promote health, prevent illness, or prevent recurrence of an injury, long-term changes are the real key to success (Crist et al., 2013).

Behavioral interventions have been shown to have only a small to moderate effect on self-reported physical activity levels (Kangasniemi, Lappalainen, Kankaanpaa, Tolvanen, & Tammelin, 2015). Furthermore, they added that despite the relatively poor effectiveness, the interventions that are theory-based and include self-regulatory (e.g., self-monitoring, feedback, goal-setting, etc.) constructs appeared to be more effective than other types of interventions. According to Crist et al. (2013),…
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