Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches provide motivational strategies, behavior change theory, and communication techniques to help clients create sustainable changes that lead to better health. They bridge the gap between what clients know they need to do to be healthy and the intrinsic motivation needed to make and sustain those changes. Coaches offer the expertise and qualifications to partner with doctors and help translate the plan of care into a plan of action.
Speak the language of Functional Medicine so they can answer questions about the physician's plan of care
Enables provider to eliminate care gaps and better identify potential fall-off
Improves patient outcomes and retention by providing personalized support and accountability
Increases provider satisfaction through more focused visits and quality time with patients
Frees up practitioner time to do the detective work patients expect
Enables your practice to be more “high-touch” (more frequent sessions with the health coach along with periodic session with the practitioner)
Increases referrals via coach-led group programs, community outreach, and marketing efforts
Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA) co-founder Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD, discusses the many benefits that health coaches provide, both for the practitioners who work with them and for patients.
One strategy to improve the patient-provider relationship is by utilizing health coaching. The role of health coaches is to listen to and guide patients through a change process. Coaches set expectations, provide feedback, and help clients identify challenges along the way.
Connie Arispe, MD, discusses how health coaches free up the practitioner to be able to spend more time with patients discussing their story and also provide critical support to help patients succeed in meeting their health goals.