Healthy aging demonstration project: Nurse coaching for behavior change in older adults†
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2005
Copyright © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 187–197, June 2005
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Bennett, J. A., Perrin, N. A., Hanson, G., Bennett, D., Gaynor, W., Flaherty-Robb, M., Joseph, C., Butterworth, S. and Potempa, K. (2005), Healthy aging demonstration project: Nurse coaching for behavior change in older adults. Res. Nurs. Health, 28: 187–197. doi: 10.1002/nur.20077
The Healthy Aging Project was a clinical demonstration project funded in part by award number 90AM2379 from the Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human services.
- Issue published online: 9 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 FEB 2005
- Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human services. Grant Number: 90AM2379
- health behavior;
- health promotion;
The Healthy Aging Project (HAP) tested nurse coaching as a method to support healthy behavior change in older adults. The sample included 111 individuals randomized to a nurse coaching group or usual-care control group. Participants in the intervention group chose the health behaviors they wanted to change and received coaching by nurses in a single in-person session followed by telephone calls or email contact for 6 months. Nurses were trained in motivational interviewing (MI). The intervention group had significantly less illness intrusiveness and health distress than the control group at 6 months, although it is not known whether these health outcomes resulted from behavior changes. This clinical demonstration project showed that nurse-delivered MI, primarily using the telephone and email, is a feasible method to discuss behavioral change with older adults. However, future clinical trials will be needed to evaluate the efficacy of nurse-delivered MI on actual behavioral changes in older adults. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 28: 187–197, 2005