Client Health Improvement Plan By: Haley Hanns
Client Overview • Gender: Female • Age: 46 • Education: Associates Degree • Profession: Sales • Family Situation: Divorced and lives at home with her youngest child. • Chief Complaints: Fatigue, tiredness, often struggles to stay awake at her desk during the day.
Overview Of Health History • Weight: 160 Lb. • Height: 5’4” • Adult Illnesses: None • Family Health History: Hypertension on client’s mother’s side. • Modes Of Relaxation: Walking the dog, watching TV, and reading.
Research • Sleep deprivation can affect the function of the brain and body. (Lafortune,M. 2012, August 13. PLOS One.) • Not getting enough sleep can cause the body to be unable to regenerate things such as brain neurons and muscles. (Siegel, J. M. 2005, May 17. Plos Biology) • Lack of sleep can increase blood pressure and stress. (Matta, C. 2013. Psych Central)
Target Behavior Increase hours of sleep
HBM Theory • High perceived susceptibility: knows that she is susceptible to high blood pressure and stress if she does not get enough sleep. • Moderate perceived severity: knows that high blood pressure is dangerous but isn't too concerned about stress. • Perceived benefits: Will be wide awake and able to function at work. • Perceived barriers: Changing schedule around in order to get more sleep. • High self efficacy: Highly confident that she can improve her sleep habits.
Smart Goal • In 4 weeks Client Jay will get an additional 2 hours of sleep each night. • She will rearrange schedule and routine in order to go to bed earlier. • Tell client Jay about the health risks involved with sleep deprivation. • Slowly add an extra 30 minutes of sleep each week to Client Jay’s schedule until she has added on 2 hours of sleep each night. • Will be charting progress continually over the next four weeks.
Intervention Highlights • Watching Client Jay’s progress. • Noticing a positive change of attitude in my client.
Results • Client Jay, for the most part, was successful in adding 2 hours of sleep to her schedule. • Changing Client Jay’s sleeping habits improved her mood immensely. • Client Jay stayed on track most days of the week and even though she struggled with reorganizing her schedule she did her best and maintained a positive attitude.
Personal/Professional Analysis • I found that you cannot convince someone to change, they have to want to change on their own. • I also found that using research to help explain a behavior change theory is much easier than explaining it with no background knowledge. • In addition I learned that I really enjoyed playing the role of a doctor and helping someone to improve their health.
References • Lafortune, M. (2012, August 13). PLOS one. Retrieved from http://www.plosone.org/images/logo.png • Siegel, J. M. (2005, May 17). PLOS Biology. Retrieved from http://www.plso.org • Matta, C. (2013). Psych Central. Retrieved from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/02/13/8-effects-of-sleep-deprivation-on-your-health/ • L, S. (2008, January 3). The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain and Behavior. Retrieved from http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1690