Clinicians' Corner: Health Promotion Tools

There is an international call for health promotion, yet clinical tools to support this work in front line care are lacking. Introducing FoH health promotion tools, intended for use by any healthcare provider with any adult patient in whom health behavior change is a desirable goal. These tools offer quick 10 minute CBT-based interventions to promote health and resilience, prevent depression and anxiety, and reduce the risk of dementia. The FoH Health Promotion Tools are evidence-based, quick and easy to use in routine practice (3 x 10 minute visits), and based in principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, with  “S.M.A.R.T.” goal-setting.

Please watch our 5 minute introductory video for a quick “how to” tutorial.

Simply print out the “CBT Express” pdfs below, and try them with a few of your clients. The PDF’s include: the Health and Resilience Questionnaire used to establish a baseline, identify target areas for goal setting and to evaluate progress. The Office Laminate is an information sheet offering sample goals in three key health areas: physical activity, social connection ad brain challenge. The back of the laminate offers tips for effective goal setting for clinicians as well as references. The Take Home Goal Sheet and the Goal Doc Sheet are for recording goals set, the first for the patient and the second for the chart, which can also be scanned to the EMR.

FoH CBT Express Health Behaviour Change Tools:

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Additional FoH Mental Health Promotion Tools

Five key Fountain of Health messages and actions clients can take for optimal aging (downloadable/printable PDF form)
Patients can write goals down on this printable form – this step will help them to achieve their goals.
Use this exercise to with clients with negative patterns of thinking, to help them reflect on their values and beliefs.
Research has shown that due to fears and stigma of mental illness, older adults are less likely to seek mental health care when they need it. This anti-stigma booklet describes common misconceptions about getting mental health help and a typical mental health visit.
A 6 minute educational video first voice account of a patient and his family’s experience of depression, and successful treatment.
A 14 minute audio offering an introduction to Mindfulness by Dr. David Whitehorn, PhD, MSN (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University and Director, Atlantic Contemplative Centre).

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