chapter  52
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Operationalize Improvement

Be Specific With the Patient About What “Better” Means
WithScott A. Simpson, Anna K. McDowell

Patients who have vague goals and minimal investment in the treatment plan can be frustrating to treat. This chapter demonstrates how clinicians can help patient be more specific in identifying treatments goals and addressing obstacles to health. In doing this, clinicians enhance patients’ adherence and cultivate a sense of success in the treatment relationship. Qualities of achievable treatment goals are described, and pitfalls in the use of this technique are addressed.