Planning good health with patients

I’m just getting myself into the right frame of mind for the training we are going to do for our Benbecula House of Care project. I’ve also been stockpiling journals with articles that have caught my eye, and there has been a theme. Many of them are about empowering patients, and dealing with clinical complexity.

One of the articles stood out for me tonight. It discusses how we help patients lose weight. Much of the article covers change theory, identifying motivators for change, setting goals, signposting and support.

In the top right of the third page was the most interesting bit of all: a bubble diagram. How simple, how powerful, for the patient to set out what they wish to focus on.

Bubble diagrams can be used to help patients decide what to discuss. Blank bubbles allow people to tailor the topics to meet their own needs.

There are loads of bubble templates on the internet, in the shape of trees, or networks, beautifully designed and probably copywrited. But as you can see, a pen and paper and an open mind are fine.

The article? It was called ‘Top Tips: talking about weight’ published in Guidelines in Practice from February 2019.

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Dr Kate

I am a GP in Benbecula, with interests in patient safety, human factors, and data.

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