Lifestyle counselling: the need for diagnostic clarity


Karen I. Chalmers, Assistant Professors, School of Nursing, Room 246 Bison Building, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada.


Three approaches to changing lifestyle behaviours are hypothesized. The argument that diagnostic accuracy is essential for selection of appropriate nursing interventions is developed and illustrated with clinical examples. The diagnoses of information deficiency, information and behavioural control deficiency, and contextual awareness deficiency guide the interventions for the problem of obesity.