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'Health coaching: Good for your patients and your practice' - Medical journal cites growing trend
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15 December 2011
The ongoing Maharishi Ayurveda Wellness Consultant Certificate Training Program recognizes the need for health coaches or consultants.
In the course literature, the role of the wellness consultant is described as someone who creates health and wholeness through both imparting knowledge and building strong relationships. The literature points out that the feeling level, the heart-to-heart relationship with the patient, is as crucial as the intellectual level.
Dr Stuart Rothenberg, Director of Medical Education in the Maharishi Ayurveda Association of America, remarked that the importance of relationships formed with patients is just now being understood.
'This is being recognized throughout the medical profession now. There is a need for this level of practitioner. The doctor does not have time to do this.' Indeed, the doctor has to keep moving from room to room.
The wellness consultant works in a supplementary role. He or she 'forms an alliance with the client and guides them through the steps necessary to undertake these health-promoting changes'.
The success of the wellness consultant is largely dependent on the quality of the relationship with the patient.
An article on this subject came out just a few months ago in the Atlantic magazine.
Largely done at the Mayo Clinic, the article reported doctors saying that even in a conventional medical practice, it is the quality of the relationships formed, with the doctor or with a support practitioner, that determines the outcome of the patient, whether for good or for ill.
Another recent article was published in Medical Economics, one of the most widely read journals in the medical field.
The article reported that $1.8 trillion of the $2.4 trillion spent on health care in 2009 was attributable to unhealthy lifestyle behaviours.
'Our current healthcare ''system'' is primarily geared toward returning people to living unhealthy lifestyles, and not to changing those lifestyles,' the article stated.
Changing lifestyles is what the wellness consultant is trained to address.
The title of the article was 'Health Coaching: Good for Your Patients and Your Practice. How to cater to a growing segment of patients who want partners in their quest for health'.
Speaking of health coaches or wellness consultants, Dr Rothenberg said, 'This idea is really gaining traction now throughout the medical profession.'
Global Good News will continue to feature Dr Rothenberg's report on the Maharishi Ayurveda Wellness Consultants Certificate Training Course.
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