Hosp Top. 2011 Apr-Jun;89(2):37-42.
Introducing the health coach at a primary care practice: a pilot study (part 2).
Lanese BS, Dey A, Srivastava P, Figler R.
College of Business Administration, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
It is well known that the cost of healthcare in the United States is a poor value proposition. One of the primary goals of the healthcare reform act is to reduce cost while improving healthcare quality. The authors believe that adding a health coach helps to achieve this goal. In part I, the authors discuss the role of a health coach in the healthcare field. They present the findings from a pilot study at a primary care practice managing diabetes of patients using a health coach. The findings from the study suggest that adding a health coach helps in cost savings as well as improved health for the patients.