HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY 1
The Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) can be used toadvise patients on various aspects of personal health (Taylor, 2015).The model comprises of several stages that are fundamental inintegrating changes across different theories of intervention (Ragin,2015). TTM recognizes the fact that behaviors have a significantimpact on morbidity. In fact, unhealthy habits could lead tomortality. It is important for health care providers to understandthe factors that cause patients to manifest particular behaviors(Taylor, 2015). Therefore, transtheoretical models appeal to me sincebehavior change affects three pillars of population health, namely,chronic care management, quality and safety, and public health.
Transtheoretical models apply to personal health care when a patientdisplays perilous behaviors. For example, a client suffering fromdiabetes could continue to consume substances that elevate his bloodsugar level beyond tolerable limits. In such a case, behavior changewould help such a patient to avoid foods with glucose. Besides,transtheoretical models are useful in ensuring quality and safety(Glanz, Rimer, & Viswanath, 2015). For instance, a health carepractitioner would advise his clients to avoid smoking. Such warningswould be issued due to the inherent dangers of tobacco and otherstimulants.
Furthermore, transtheoretical models feature prominently in publichealth. Notably, pandemics as H1N1 and Ebola viruses have causedconsiderable numbers of casualties among the population (Glanz etal., 2015). Therefore, health care stakeholders advise members of thepublic to receive vaccinations. Undergoing immunizations bolsters thecommunity’s health. Also, transtheoretical models are utilized inthe management of chronic conditions (Taylor, 2015). In many cases,patients with terminal illnesses face difficulties in accepting theirdiagnosis. In this regard, transtheoretical models would help suchclients to implement identity tradeoffs and adapt to their physicallimitations (Ragin, 2015).
Indeed, transtheoretical models appeal to me due to their broadapplicability in many segments of population health.
Glanz, K., Rimer, B. K. & Viswanath, K. (2015). Healthbehavior: Theory, research, and practice. San Francisco, CA:Jossey-Bass.
Ragin, D. F. (2015). Health psychology: An interdisciplinaryapproach to health (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Taylor andFrancis.
Taylor, S. E. (2015). Health psychology. New York, NY:McGraw-Hill Education.