Boyatzis RE, Smith M, Van Oosten E. Helping people Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth.Boston (MA): Harvard Business Review Press; 2019

Christensen K, Doblhammer G, Rau R, Vaupel JW. Ageing populations: the challenges ahead. Lancet.. 2009; 374:(9696)1196-1208

Reducing emergency admissions. Unlocking the potential of people to better manage their long-term conditions. 2018. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Dickinson H, Carey G, Kavanagh AM. Personalisation and pandemic: an unforeseen collision course?. Disabil Soc.. 2020; 35:(6)1012-1017

Drake DB. Narrative Coaching. The Definitive Guide to Bringing New Stories to Life, 2nd edn. Petaluma (CA): CNC Press; 2018

Health Coaching: Innovation and Adoption. Stories of impact from NHS organisations. Brighton: Institute for Employment Studies. Report 530. 2018. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Ghorob A, Willard-Grace R, Bodenheimer T. Health coaching. Virtual Mentor.. 2013; 15:(4)319-326

The Health Literacy Place. Techniques. 2021. (accessed 29 July 2021)

Hwang TJ, Rabheru K, Peisah C, Reichman W, Ikeda M. Loneliness and social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Int Psychogeriatr.. 2020; 32:(10)1217-1220

Iliffe-Wood M. Coaching presence. Building Consciousness and Awareness in coaching Interventions.London: Kogan Page Limited; 2014

Langer N. The power of storytelling and the preservation of memories…. Educ Gerontol.. 2016; 42:(11)

The stories we tell: a narrative approach to coaching. 2015. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 years on. 2020. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Miller WR., Rollnick S. Motivational Interviewing. Helping people Change, 3rd ed. London: The Guilford Press; 2012

NHS. Health Coaching Implementation and Quality Summary Guide. 2020. (accessed 23 July 2021)

NHS England and NHS Improvement. Health Coaching Implementation and Quality Summary Guide. 2020. (accessed 23 July 2021)

NHS. Long Term Plan. 2019a. (accessed 23 July 2021)

NHS England. Universal Personalised Care Implementing the Comprehensive model. 2019b. (accessed 23 July 2021)

NHS. The Five Year Forward View. 2014. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Newman P, McDowell A. Health changing conversations: clinicians' experience of health coaching in the East of England. Future Hosp J.. 2016; 3:(2)147-151

Office for National Statistics. Causes of death over 100 years. 2017. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Perlman AI, Abu Dabrh AM. Health and wellness coaching in serving the needs of today's patients: a primer for healthcare professionals. Glob Adv Health Med.. 2020; 9

Price B. Making better use of older people's narratives. Nurs Older People.. 2011; 23:(6)31-38

Public Health England and UCL Institute of Health Equity. Local action on health inequalities. Improving health literacy to reduce health inequalities. Practice resource summary. 2015. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Raynor DKT. Health literacy. BMJ.. 2012; 344:(2)

Coaching and Health: what questions are we asking?. 2021. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Rogers C. Client Centred Therapy: Its Current Practice, Implications and Theory.Boston: Houghton Mifflin; 1951

Rogers J, Maini A. Coaching for Health. Why it works and how to do it.Berkshire: McGraw Hill, Open University Press; 2016

Seals DR, Melov S. Translational Geroscience: emphasizing function to achieve optimal longevity. Aging (Albany NY).. 2014; 6:(9)718-730

Sforzo GA, Kaye MP, Harenberg S Compendium of Health and Wellness Coaching: 2019 Addendum. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2019; (2)

Shah V, Stokes J, Sutton M. Effects of non-medical health coaching on multimorbid patients in primary care: a difference-in-differences analysis. BMC Health Serv Res.. 2019; 19:(1)

Talevski J, Wong Shee A, Rasmussen B, Kemp G, Beauchamp A. Teach-back: A systematic review of implementation and impacts. PLoS One.. 2020; 15:(4)

United Nations. Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 2015. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Whitmore J. Coaching for Performance. The principles and practice of coaching and leadership.London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing; 2017

World Health Organization. Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) Dashboard. 2021. (accessed 10 June 2021)

World Health Organization. The top 10 causes of death. 2020. (accessed 23 July 2021)

World Health Organization. Risk factors of ill health among older people. (accessed 23 July 2021)

Health Promotion Glossary.Geneva: WHO; 1998

Yen PH, Leasure AR. Use and Effectiveness of the Teach-Back Method in Patient Education and Health Outcomes. Fed Pract.. 2019; 36:(6)284-289

Is health coaching the next panacea in healthcare reform?

02 August 2021
7 min read
Volume 32 · Issue 8


Health coaching aims to empower patients to self-manage their long-term health conditions. Catherine Best explores the effect health coaching can have on patients and the shifts that are required to deliver it

Non-communicable diseases now account for the vast majority of deaths globally. It is recognised that personalised care is key to managing non-communicable disease and health coaching is considered an essential element. Health coaching is a developing field of practice that encourages patients to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours that can avert the impact of chronic disease. This article explores the effect health coaching can have on patients and the shifts that are required to deliver it.

The nursing profession remains at the forefront of healthcare delivery as the world continues its attempt to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. A pandemic which to date has led to the death of almost 4 million people worldwide (World Health Organization (WHO), 2021) and continues to affect the most vulnerable in society, especially those with a disability (Dickinson et al, 2020).

This, however, is the tip of the iceberg when counting lives lost as a result of the many non-communicable diseases that have developed in recent decades. As little as a 100 years ago, the leading causes of death, especially for young people, occurred as a result of infections; typically, polio, diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, rubella, mumps and tuberculosis, but as a result of medical advances, immunisation and improved measures such as nutrition, hygiene and healthcare, these have virtually been eliminated in the UK (Office for National Statistics (ONS), 2017). However, with such advances came a new problem: longevity. And an increasing susceptibility to poor health, especially for older people (WHO, n.d.). With Christensen et al (2009) emphasising the widespread concern that ‘exceptional longevity has grim results’ for both individuals and societies as a whole.

Register now to continue reading

Thank you for visiting Practice Nursing and reading some of our peer-reviewed resources for general practice nurses. To read more, please register today. You’ll enjoy the following great benefits:

What's included

  • Limited access to clinical or professional articles

  • New content and clinical newsletter updates each month