At the most basic level, health coach works with patients with chronic illnesses, helping them establish goals for their treatment and teaching them the skills necessary to achieve those goals. Health coaches work with patients who have a wide variety of chronic conditions, from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to smoking dependency and weight management issues.
In recent years, health coaches have earned recognition for their contributions to lifestyle management. While patients receive the majority of their formal treatment at a doctor’s office, their lifestyles play a major role in the efficacy of treatment. As such, health coaches fill the gap between treatment sessions and contribute to the overall well-being of patients.