Health care providers are often hesitant to attempt health behavior change interventions with patients, although such interventions are frequently needed. When provider-initiated health behavior change interventions are attempted, they are often based on intuition or consist solely of delivering information and are insufficient to change behavior, rather than being based on well-validated and effective behavior change models. We argue that provider-initiated health behavior change interventions are effective and efficient if they are based on appropriate empirically validated theoretical models and developed in collaboration with behavioral scientists and patients. We present a new model for developing such collaborative interventions and initial evidence for its success.
From the *Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; and †Departments of Psychology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (RO1MH066684).
Reprints: Jeffrey D. Fisher, PhD, Center for Health/HIV Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut, 2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1248, Storrs, CT 06269-1248 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).