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AJGP Clinical Challenge October 2019: Lifestyle

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
2 hrs

To discuss the assessment and management of lifestyle-related health problems in general practice in Australia.

Relevance to General Practice

Lifestyle medicine has been defined as ‘the application of environmental, behavioural and motivational principles, including self-care and self-management, to the management of lifestyle-related health problems in a clinical setting’.1 Clinical skills required for lifestyle medicine are similar to those for conventional healthcare; however, emphasis is placed on motivation and behaviour change. General practitioners require skills to coach patients from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation to facilitate change in lifestyle behaviours.2 For chronic diseases and conditions, causality is complex and a number of determinants may independently affect the development of chronic disease.3,4 An important aspect of a lifestyle medicine approach to chronic conditions suggests all influencing determinants must be managed for optimal health outcomes.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe a basic structure for the discipline of lifestyle medicine.
  • Outline evidence-based clinical lifestyle interventions in the management of mental illnesses and physical chronic diseases.
  • Discuss the advantages of programmed shared medical appointments for managing chronic diseases.
  • Summarise current approaches to chronic non-cancer pain management and explore areas of specificity and overlap with chronic conditions.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    AJGP Clinical Challenge October 2019: Lifestyle
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    2 hrs
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    CPD Points
    4 cpd
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