WELLNESS COACHING REALLY WORKS!
What is Wellness Coaching?
Wellness coaching can be defined as helping clients gain the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their self-identified health goals.
Difference between rescuing a client and coaching a client
The familiar adage “Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime,” demonstrates the difference between rescuing a client and coaching a client.
Look at these facts:
•The link between diet, nutrition and lifestyle choices (sleep quality, tobacco use, lack of exercise, stress, etc.) and chronic illness has been well established. However, awareness of these risks does not result in significant behavioral change for the majority of people who do experience chronic illness such as obesity, depression, anxiety, or any number of physical or mental issues. In a system where physicians recommend changes to diet, or prescribe exercise but have little or no time to follow up with each patient, to advise, support and challenge them towards change, most patients leave their physician’s office with a prescription and no clear idea of how to better their own physical health. In addition, frequently patients are not well informed by their health care practitioner, that lifestyle change can bring about the desired improved health status without the risks typically associated with prescription medications.
•Studies demonstrate when a person is involved with the process and help make decisions towards their health, they are more likely to achieve and maintain their own unique health and wellness goals. The process toward wellness includes identifying the reasons a client may or may not make healthy choices and working to eliminate any obstacles, rewarding improvement, while creating new habits and opportunities that moves the client toward the ideal life they desire.
Wellness Coaching Return On Investment
•Wellness Coaching Return On Investment (ROI) = 2.5 to 7.5 dollars per 1 dollar invested. – The HealthCare Intelligence Network (www.hin.com) 2. St. Thomas Health Services Wellness Program Case Study HealthCoachingU.com
•Participants reached and maintained 70-80% of their three-month goals during a three – month program. Coaches reported that wellness coaching is significantly more effective than personal training or dietitian consultation in delivering sustainable behavior change. Pilot: Principles of behavioral Psychology in Wellness Coaching, Margaret Moore, Wellcoaches Corporation, November 2004
•When training is combined with coaching, individuals increased their productivity by an average of 88%, as compared to 22% with training alone. – Public Personnel Management, 1997 study
•Training alone results in 143-200% ROI, while training combined with coaching results in 352%. – Franklin Covey Coaching
Life Style Goals
•Primary care clinicians – struggling to fit multiple agenda items into the 15-minute visit – cannot meet every need of their patients with chronic conditions. Half of patients leave primary care visits not understanding what their doctor told them. Though shared decision-making is associated with improved outcomes, only 9 percent of patients participate in decisions. Average adherence rates for prescribed medications are about 50 percent, and for lifestyle changes they are below 10 percent.
Health and Wellness in the Workplace
•Preventable illnesses make up 70 percent of illness costs in the United States.
•Research into Health and Wellness in the Workplace shows that by reducing just one health risk factor you can increase a person’s productivity on the job by 9 percent and reduce absenteeism by 2 percent.
•For every $1 the average company spends on Health and Wellness in the Workplace, it receives an average net benefit of $3.40 to $7.88. This study, funded by Health Dialog Services—a Boston-based company, found average monthly medical and pharmacy costs were about eight dollars a month cheaper for patients who were offered coaching.
•“With the coaching program costing two dollars a month per patient, the net health care savings was about six dollars,” according to David Wennberg, chief science and product officer at Health Dialog, an author of the study. He told The Wall Street Journal that one of the groups who may have benefitted from coaching were those “chaotic users of the health care system” who tended to get answers to their aches, pains and questions by running directly to the emergency room (at extremely high cost).
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February 20, 2019
The video recording of Awaken Empowerment - The Illusion of Health Care seminar from January has been added to the Flourish, Vitalize, and Re-Ignite membership levels. A condensed version has been added to MHAWA's YouTube channel at: My Health and Wellness Advisor.