[The application of self-efficacy counseling skills to health education in patients with diabetes]

Wu, Shu Fang, Li, Yu-Chan, Chang, Jia-Rong, Courtney, Mary D., & Chang, Yueh-Ling (2006) [The application of self-efficacy counseling skills to health education in patients with diabetes]. Hu Li Za Zhi = Journal of Nursing, 54(1), pp. 70-77.


As the incidence of chronic disease increases, empowerment of patients with chronic disease to adopt self-care responsibilities becomes paramount. Self-efficacy is a belief in one's ability to perform a task that will lead to the desired outcome. Utilizing self-efficacy counseling skills is an effective way to enhance patients' compliance with self-care activities. The development of such skills can compensate for the lack of traditional health education provided for diabetes patients and plays a significant part in the prevention of acute and chronic complications. Self-efficacy counseling strategies involve: asking questions; focusing on patient's agenda; planning personal treatment schedules; defining problems; setting goals (taking a step-by-step approach); regular follow-up and contact with patients; scaling questions; brainstorming solutions; considering past efforts, successes and failures; reassessing confidence; and finally checking behavior changes. Self-efficacy counseling skills can be learned through structured training courses in counseling skills. The aims of this report were twofold: (1) to undertake a literature review on self-efficacy and counseling skills used as the theoretical framework in a health education training program for diabetes; (2) to analyze cases when a counseling guide based upon a self-efficacy framework was used by health counselors to help patients improve their self-confidence and self-care ability. This report reveals it is important to promote the application of counseling skills in nursing interventions in the clinical practice field.

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ID Code: 10431
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: self, efficacy, empowerment, counseling skills, diabetes, health education
ISSN: 0047-262X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100) > Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified (111199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taiwan Nurses Association
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2015 05:25

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