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Objective: To conduct an analysis of literature that examined the effects of individualized health coaching on hemoglobin A1c in adults with type 2 diabetes. Methods: A literature search of the PubMed database using the terms “goal setting” AND type 2 diabetes OR “individual counseling” was performed. Only randomized controlled trials and meta-analysis were included. Results: All three studies reported a statistically significant difference in lowering hemoglobin A1c levels with individualized health coaching interventions compared to the standard diabetes interventions. Conclusion: Health coaching should be further studied for longer amounts of time to determine the true clinical significance of lowering hemoglobin A1c. Current research shows that health coaching successfully lowers hemoglobin A1c more than standard diabetic care.
Gill SL, Nilson EA. Effects of Individualized Health Coaching in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. JMU Scholarly Commons Physician Assistant Capstones. http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/pacapstones/17. Published May 16 2017.