Health Coaching During a Pandemic

July 28, 2020

COVID-19 can affect anyone, and the disease can cause symptoms ranging from mild to very severe. Data shows that many of those who develop severe complications after contracting it have pre-existing health conditions. In fact, nearly 90% of adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S. had one or more underlying conditions, according to a CDC report. These findings suggest people with risk factors may be more likely to need hospitalization or intensive care if they have COVID-19, or they may be more likely to die of the infection.

With the clear correlation between health and response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s now more important than ever to address your workforce’s risk factors to improve health outcomes in any situation that arises, whether it be a pandemic, an individual health crisis or an accident, or whatever else impacts your members’ health.

Health coaching is effective for people managing a variety of health conditions. According to a study conducted by the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, regular physical activity, correct nutrition, tobacco cessation, and a few other common lifestyle interventions can help mitigate the progression of many chronic conditions and, in certain instances, even reverse existing disease. Health coaching can result in improvements in multiple biometric risk factors, including blood pressure, cholesterol, and body weight. Studies also show that health coaching can improve health-related quality of life and result in reduced hospital admissions.

Through Telligen’s Chronic Condition and At-Risk programs, we identify members who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition or are at risk for developing a chronic condition, and actively engage them to implement lifestyle changes. Telligen Health Coaching is an ongoing, collaborative program between the member and their health coach. Throughout the program, the coach and member will communicate regularly telephonically and through Telligen’s health app to assess needs and set goals.

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Sources

* Presenting Characteristics, Comorbidities, and Outcomes Among 5700 Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 in the New York City Area. (2020, April 22). Retrieved from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2765184?resultClick=1

* Hospitalization Rates and Characteristics of Patients Hospitalized with Laboratory. (2020, April 17). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm

*Coronavirus, Diabetes, Obesity, and Other Underlying Conditions: Which Patients Are Most at Risk? (2020, April 15). Retrieved from https://www.desmoinesregister.com/in-depth/news/2020/04/15/coronavirus-risk-90-patients-had-underlying-conditions/2962721001/?for-guid=2210608e-cfb8-4b4b-9535-4eaa07988096&utm_source=desmoinesregister-Coronavirus%20Watch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=baseline_greeting&utm_term=newsletter_greeting

* Clinical Effectiveness of Lifestyle Health Coaching. (2015, June 30). Retrieved from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1559827615592351

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