Peer-to-Peer Support Helps People Improve Their Chronic Condition Therapy Outcomes

The success of many therapies for chronic diseases depends in large part on the ability of patients to follow often-complicated self-care regimens. Patients face many challenges when attempting to implement these recommendations such as multiple co-morbidities, physical limitations, lack of resources, poor social support, lack of confidence or skills, and insufficient knowledge.  It is not […]

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Universality of Self-Efficacy

Increasing self-efficacy – one’s capacity to identify actions that improve one’s life and the confidence to accomplish those actions – has been shown to:1 Accelerate health behavior change (e.g. healthy eating, medication adherence) Reduce depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders Diminish social isolation Improve system navigation and health program uptake   Importantly, the impact of self-efficacy […]

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Mastery Experiences Drive Self-Efficacy

Self-efficacy, or confidence as it is commonly known, is the optimistic self-belief in one’s competence or chances of successfully accomplishing a task and producing a favorable outcome. Self-efficacy is certainly worth having because as Henry Ford famously put it, “Whether you believe you can or you cannot, you are right.” Gandhi perfectly understood the central […]

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Age + Action Conference Summary

Neal had the opportunity to participate in the National Council on Aging’s Age + Action conference this June.  Age+Action is the premiere national conference focused on ensuring every person’s right to age with their best possible health and economic security. The event brought together 900+ professionals from across the country who are dedicated to making aging […]

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The Patient Engagement Capacity Model: What Factors Determine a Patient’s Ability to Engage?

This month we feature an article by C.J. Sieck, et al, The Patient Engagement Capacity Model: What Factors Determine a Patient’s Ability to Engage?  Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, Sieck et al start their article describing the “Promise and Challenge of Patient Engagement” and then proceed to present their “Engagement Capacity […]

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Adopting New Behaviors Doesn’t Need to Be All Work- It Can be Quite Satisfying

Individual behavior change is often central to enhancing quality of life and improving health.  This includes adopting healthier habits around diet, physical activity, sleep, and other core individual behaviors.  It includes new tactics to improve social interactions with family and friends and with healthcare providers.  And it often includes new medical-related behaviors such as medication […]

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Seeing the Success of Others Makes us More Likely to Succeed

We were glad to see the interest in Paul’s article from last month’s Canary Health newsletter about designing digital interventions to highlight behavioral modeling.  Providing behavioral modeling is one of the key approaches to increasing an individual’s self-efficacy — i.e. the confidence in one’s ability to set a goal and accomplish it. Increasing self-efficacy has […]

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Improving Outcomes: Self-Efficacy Based Digital Therapeutics

Neal Kaufman, Chief Medical Officer, Canary Health, recently presented at the Right Care Initiative, a public-private partnership working to improve clinical outcomes for adults with chronic conditions within California. Neal discussed digital therapeutics, the implications for modern health practice, and the role increasing self-efficacy plays in improving outcomes. He also presented Better Choices, Better Health® and […]

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Increasing Self-Efficacy Accelerates Successful Behavior Change

Over 40 years ago, Albert Bandura postulated that self-efficacy was important for individuals and societies to be able to be successful.  Many others have subsequently validated his concepts.  Self-efficacy serves as the core element of a wide variety of interventions. “Self-efficacy is the belief we have in our own abilities, specifically our ability to meet […]

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