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Exploring health coaching and mindfulness as levers for transformation in health

Family Practice
Authors: Rahul K Gupta, Maureen Mayhew, Robert Woollard, Karen Gelb
Publication date: September 2021


Health coaching (HC) and mindfulness (MFN) are proven patient-centered interventions for mobilizing patients’ inner resources and changing the trajectories of many chronic physical and psychological conditions. However, though widely available in the private sector, they have been slow to find their way into public primary care in Canada. Since 2015, a rural medical community in British Columbia, Canada, has integrated physician-led HC and MFN-based programs into primary care. This exploratory study aimed to understand how these programs are working to help both patients and clinicians, providing insights that other communities might use.

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