4.6.4 Motivate the person

Healthcare providers are trained to ‘advise’ and have an inherent desire to set things right for their patients. This rarely helps to bring a change in behaviour. Instead, the aim should be to explore people’s difficulties about changing their behaviour and help them find their own solutions. A therapeutic alliance (section 4.2.1) is important to understand the person’s point of view and identify the conflicts between how the person behaves and what he/she aims to achieve. The healthcare providers should encourage the person with whatever efforts he/she is able to make towards a desired change in diet/ taking supplements, without any confrontation or external pressures.

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