Through the National Society of Health Coaches!
Historically, clinicians, for the most part, approach patient engagement activities using traditional thinking and concepts versus skillful conversation and partnership enhancing strategies to making "real" patient engagement happen. Moving into an effective engagement clinical model requires a paradigm shift in thinking by clinicians and providers alike. It's this paradigm shift, or lack of it, that can affect the success or failure of patient engagement activities.
We may not realize it, but as providers, we talk a lot about what we can do to make something happen for the patient (e.g., bedside rounds and shift report, patient representative on our Boards, use of special tools, EMRs), but rarely do we hear providers talk about using special skills to engage and activate the patient's role in managing his or her health.
While the ICHWC's attempt to standardize coaching certification standards internationally is a worthwhile effort, one certification does not meet the needs of all healthcare providers, nor all patients with varying acuity levels. In recognizing this distinct difference, the NSHC requires higher eligibility criteria for its Health Coach Certification; that which requires a current license, registration or certification to assess, plan, treat, implement and/or evaluate interventions in clinical and wellness settings.
Clinicians and practitioners should coach those with chronic conditions, co-morbidities, and high to moderate health risk for the same. NSHC's program of study is based on this premise. For this reason, the NSHC differentiates its Health Coach Certification and will remain independent of this consortium.
The National Society of Health Coaches is setting the gold standard for Evidence-based Health Coaching (EBHC)® in clinical practice. The model was first introduced in the summer of 2011 in North Carolina at the First Carolina Care CoachClinic®.