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Low morale and chronic health issues are some of the most significant sources of productivity loss for organizations. It’s simple. When your employees don’t feel well, they can’t perform. But getting better isn’t just about having access to healthcare, and chronic health problems aren’t always purely physical.
All is not well in healthcare today. The American medical sector dwarfs most other sectors of the economy. Hundreds of million of dollars are spent on research. Little progress is made. Costs continue to rise, and Americans are sicker than ever before. Where does this leave employers?
Issues like stress, anxiety, and depression cause significant disruptions to a person’s health. Even the most minor inconvenience of time or cost keep many employees from seeing their provider for help. On-site health coaching solves these problems.
Health coaches support a person’s whole health, including their psycho, social, and physical well-being. And, when health coaching is available at an on- or near-site location, it’s easy for employees to get the care they need when they need it. Once inside, dedicated care teams work collaboratively to improve health by empowering patients to change their behaviors. Here’s how it works.
Experts estimate that the lifestyle choices we make dictate up to 70% of our overall health. That’s why behavior change is the key to better health.
To facilitate behavior change, health coaches use empathetic listening to connect with patients and truly understand their barriers to better health. By meeting patients where they’re at, health coaches can help them develop SMART goals that align with each of their individual needs and ambitions.
An on- or near-site model also ensures that health coaching services are always close at hand, which improves patient accountability and encourages engagement. As patients achieve their goals, they’re further empowered to take ownership of their own health, driving even more powerful, positive outcomes.
Training providers in health coaching techniques amplifies the benefits of a coach approach. Training also establishes a common language between health coaches and providers who work collaboratively to develop a personalized care plan. Unified support from a provider and a health coach give patients the tools they need to change their behaviors and improve their health. This is especially true for those with chronic diseases and poor mental health, including those with anxiety and depression.
Learn more about Vera dedicated care teams and behavior change by downloading our white paper: Stop Treating Patients Like Cogs In A Machine.
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