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The long-term effects of the health coaching self-management program for nursing-home residents

Authors Park YH, Moon SH, Ha JY, Lee MH

Received 23 March 2017

Accepted for publication 22 May 2017

Published 11 July 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 1079—1088


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker

Yeon-Hwan Park,1,2 Sun-Hee Moon,3 Ji-Yeon Ha,1 Min-Hye Lee1

1College of Nursing, Seoul National University, 2The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, 3Department of Nursing, College of Health and Welfare and Education, Gwangju University, Gwangju, South Korea

Background and aims: Little is known about whether a self-management program for nursing-home residents (NHR) with cognitive impairment is likely to have an impact on the care of this growing population. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of the health-coaching self-management program for NHR (HCSMP-NHR) on 1) self-efficacy and goal attainment scaling (GAS), 2) health status and quality of life (QoL) among older people, including those with cognitive impairment, in Korean nursing homes.
Methods: This was a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Participants in the intervention group (n=43, mean age =80.91±7.65 years) received the HCSMP-NHR intervention, composed of group health education and individual coaching, for 8 weeks. Conventional care was provided to the conventional group (n=47, mean age =80.19±7.53 years) during the same period. The effects of the HCSMP-NHR were measured three times: at baseline, week 9, and week 20.
Results: The intervention group showed better results for self-efficacy (P=0.007), health distress (P=0.007), depression (P<0.001), and QoL (P=0.04) at week 9. Mean GAS score of the intervention group gradually increased from -0.38 to 0.74. The time × group interaction showed that the intervention group had significant improvements in QoL (P=0.047), and significant reductions in health distress (P=0.016) and depression (P<0.001), while showing no deterioration in shortness of breath (P<0.001).
Conclusion: Our study findings indicate that the HCSMP-NHR improved self-efficacy and GAS and enhanced the health status and QoL of NHR with chronic conditions who also had mild-to-moderate cognitive impairment. Moreover, these effects were successfully maintained over the 5 months of the trial. Further research is needed to establish the optimum intervention period and to assess the possibility of nationwide implementation of the HCSMP-NHR.

Keywords: health coaching, self-management program, nursing homes, long-term effects, cluster-randomized controlled trial

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