chapter  20
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Counseling Strategies

One of the most challenging tasks for patients with chronic health conditions is to navigate all the lifestyle modi”cations their health care providers tell them they must make. Some may argue that this is never any truer than it is for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), who are often expected to adapt to highly restrictive diets as well as modify other health behaviors, such as physical activity, smoking cessation, and medication adherence. This chapter provides a practical patientcentered approach to counseling patients who have dif”culty making these changes. Although the focus of this book is dietetics, most health care providers will no doubt ”nd themselves counseling patients with CKD on these other health behaviors as well.