Evaluation of a Health Coaching Course for Providers and Staff in Veterans Health Affairs Medical Facilities


Background: The purpose of this study was to determine whether a health coaching (HC) course for providers and staff in Veterans Health Affairs medical facilities resulted in increased attitudes toward, intentions to use, and actual use of HC.

Methods: A Whole Health Coaching Course was developed and implemented in national sites in 2014. A prepost intervention group only design was used to assess changes in HC outcomes, including use of HC skills.

Results: There were large pre- to posttest increases in preparedness and self-efficacy that were sustained at follow-up. Initial small increases in attitudes toward patient-centered care and intentions to use HC skills were not sustained at follow-up. There was a medium-sized increase in actual use of HC skills between pre-test and follow-up.

Conclusions: Findings suggest that participation in the HC course is an effective means for providers and staff to increase preparedness, self-efficacy, and actual use of health coaching skills.


David A. Collins, Stephen R. Shamblen, Katharine A. Atwood, David L. Rychener, William H. Scarbrough, Melissa H. Abadi, Leigh Ann Simmons

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