Psychological Techniques to Change Behavior

Leveraging Mobile Technology

Behavior Change

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn1, “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally”.

Patients with chronic conditions are generally aware of the relationship between lifestyle & mindset factors and the disease progression. Despite that understanding, their adherence to the Doctor’s recommendation is generally not satisfactory. As a matter of fact, the patients themselves are not satisfied with their compliance level, let alone the feedback from the Doctor and their loved ones.

What if there is a mechanism to introduce mindfulness on a day-to-day basis on their compliance? Introduce reflection on their adherence? A gentle, but an objective feedback on their day-to-day behavior?

Patient’s non-judgmental reflection can introduce the motivation needed for a patient from within. Research2 has shown that monitoring makes a significant impact on the patient outcome. Can patient’s mindfulness combined with monitoring create the right environment for a behavior change?

References:

  1. Jon Kabat-Zinn: Defining Mindfulness What is mindfulness? The founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction explains. BY MINDFUL STAFF JANUARY 11, 2017 WELL-BEING
  2. C.M. Swoboda, et al., Impact of a goal setting and decision support telephone coaching intervention on diet, psychosocial, and decision outcomes among people with type 2 diabetes, Patient Educ Couns (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j. pec.2017.02.007

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