Evidence shows that Brief Behaviour Change Counselling from a primary healthcare provider results in between 5–15% of patients changing their behaviour. For example: increasing physical activity, stopping smoking or substance abuse, eating healthily and taking steps to address obesity or weight problems.
This course introduces a new approach to Brief Behaviour Change Counselling for healthcare professionals. The approach is rooted in both the 5A structure (Ask, Alert, Assess, Assist, and Arrange) and a guiding communication style, based on motivational interviewing principles.
This course aims to train healthcare providers from diverse backgrounds, who work in a variety of settings, to use a best practice Brief Behaviour Change Counselling method for patients with risky lifestyle behaviours. Healthcare providers give evidence-based, accurate information, and offer effective guidance and referral.
Intended learning outcomes:
By the end of this course practitioners should be able to:
- describe the problem of HDP in South Africa
- describe the key concepts underlying the management of HDP
- describe the recommendations and algorithm for management of HDP in primary care
- describe the recommendations and algorithm for management of HDP in district hospitals
- apply the guideline recommendations to clinical decision-making in primary care and district hospitals.
CPD points: 8 points
Cost of the course: ZAR 1 500.00
Effort: 8 hours
Association: South African Academy of Family Physicians (SAAFP)
Access duration: 6 months
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- Dr Zelra Malan, Stellenbosch University
- Prof Bob Mash, Stellenbosch University
Audience: This short course is aimed at professionals who deal with health-related behaviour change counselling, for example, physical activity, smoking, substance abuse, healthy eating and overweight/obesity.