Surviving to Thriving
Having received a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming, scary and exhausting. While survival rates and multidisciplinary care continues to improve (thank goodness!), medical systems aren’t easy to navigate. It can also be confusing and frustrating when you receive inconsistent messaging from clinicians and well-meaning friends and family. All of this while trying to put on a brave face for family and friends (who may be going through their own carer challenges and distress).
Coaching and outcomes
Coaching has been shown to be an effective way to encourage people with cancer (and their loved ones) to talk about their symptoms leading to more effective interventions and health outcomes. Most of the evidence for coaching in people living with cancer is around pain management. We have also demonstrated via several randomized trials that motivational interviewing and coaching can improve what people receiving treatment for cancer are eating, their nutrition and quality of life.
So what exactly is coaching?
Wellness coaching can be described as a patient-centred process based upon behavior change theory involving goal setting (as determined by the patient), discovery, self empowerment and accountability leading to lasting changes. Sounds great right?
The challenge is finding a qualified health professional who is also trained in coaching methodology. A good wellness coach will focus on facilitating the patient’s goals rather than a prescription.
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