Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2013
This Week's News
New Year's resolution: Help patients keep theirs via CME activity, AMA tools
It's that time of year when your patients promise to eat more healthy foods, exercise more, quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.
These are often tough resolutions to keep, but physicians can play a vital role in making sure patients stay on track. The AMA can help.
A good place to start is with the Healthier Life Steps® toolkit, which includes downloadable and printable materials and links to resources for patients. While waiting in the exam room, patients can fill out a self-assessment form. Then you can share an action plan summary with patients to review your discussions about steps they can take to improve their health, and the goals they agree to set.
Physicians can learn more about the AMA Healthier Life Steps® program with a CME activity offered by Medscape (login required). Upon completion of "Addressing Behavior Change in Patients With AMA Online Resources," physicians will be able to:
- Analyze barriers to health behavior counseling by clinicians.
- Evaluate the evidence for the efficacy of health behavior counseling.
- Assess strategies to help patients successfully change poor lifestyle behaviors.
- Distinguish aspects of the AMA Healthier Life Steps® program to help patients change health behaviors.
View other CME opportunities to help patients keep their resolutions, including using "ChooseMyPlate.gov To Help Patients Make Healthy Food Choices" and "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans."