Health vs. Wellness Coaching: Attributes

Now that the difference between health coaching and wellness coaching has been introduced, let’s dive a little deeper into the specific attributes of health coaching itself.

The following attributes were identified after a review of 284 peer-reviewed articles in health care literature by Wolever et al. (2013) and from a concept analysis of 215 articles conducted by Olsen (2013):

  • client-centered, self goal-directed process
  • health-focused, evidence-based practice interventions for those with chronic conditions and/or moderate to high health risk(s)
  • health teaching
  • client autonomy
  • client empowerment and self-discovery
  • collaborative partnership
  • client engagement
  • motivational interviewing
  • health outcomes measurement
  • client accountability
  • nurses most commonly cited as health coaches
  • evaluating its effectiveness

How do you think these attributes compare to wellness coaching? How do you think they compare to traditional clinical practices?

The next question is, what qualifications and skills are necessary to become a certified health coach?

Find out in tomorrow’s blog!




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