The BHC approach uses the 5 A’s – Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange, regardless of the type of health behaviour change the client might attempt.
BHC starts with a few tactful questions. PHAC videos
Goal: To mutually identify with the client a behavior or issue that might warrant change. Through your knowledge of the client, this may be evident.
Open with a question to begin the dialogue.
Depending on the answer(s), ask follow-up questions:
Provide your insight as a health professional, based on what you identified. Clients value and respect your opinion.
With the client’s responses, you should be able to deduce how ready the client is to change.
Goal: Try to nudge the client to the next stage of change
Contemplation or Preparation