223071 Changing the Health Promotion Behavior of Future Chiropractors Application of Health Behavior Theories

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 9:24 AM - 9:42 AM

Harrison T. Ndetan, MSc, MPH, DrPH , Research, Parker College of Chiropractic, Dallas, TX
Marion Willard Evans, DC, PhD, CHES , Director of Wellness Initiatives, Parker College Research Institute, Dallas, TX
Ronald Rupert, MS, DC , Research Institute, Parker College of Chiropractic, Dallas, TX
Michael Ramcharan, DC , Clinic, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Overland Park, KS
The need for healthcare providers to practice health promotion (HP) with their patients has been emphasized. Despite claims that the chiropractic principles emphasize wellness, doctors of chiropractic are yet to embrace this practice in full gear. This study reviews some health behavior theories and the extent to which they have been applied in changing the HP behavior of future chiropractors. Two studies applied the Bandura's Social Learning Theory and the Trans-Theoretical Model with in the PRECEDE-PROCEED framework to improve the smoking cessation advising role of chiropractic interns and two others applied the Theory of Reasoned Action to assess interns' intentions to practice HP in future. The extents of applications were suitable but there were potentials of using other theories to improve those designs. The profession needs to conduct more theory-driven interventions to improve the HP behavior of future chiropractors in order to enhance their roles as wellness coaches.

Learning Areas:
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1. To review some health behavior theories and the extent to which they have been applied in changing the HP behavior of future chiropractors 2. To encourage chiropractors to conduct theory-driven interventions to improve the HP behavior of future chiropractors in order to enhance their roles as wellness coaches.

Keywords: Health Behavior, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Beacuse I am a public health professional and currently involved in chiropractic research
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.