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The 5 minute conversation is designed to fit into a consultation addressing a range of aspects of patient management. These simple steps can help build readiness to change and help start a plan based on the individual’s preferences.
Find below some words that we find helpful to achieve a brief, person-centred 5 minute active conversation. This template is to help guide you – there are no rights or wrongs. Try using these words in your own consultations and see how they work for you.
|ENGAGE||Open the conversation||“Would you be happy to spend 4-5 minutes talking about something that can make a big difference to your future health and wellbeing?”|
|Assess impact of the condition||How has your condition affected your physical activity levels and the things you enjoy?|
|EXPLORE||Find out what they already know||“What do you know about the benefits of physical activity in people with your condition?”|
|Share benefits||Can I share some other things people find beneficial to see what you make of them|
|Encourage reflection||“What do you make of what I have just said?”|
|Make it personal||“What would be the top 2-3 reasons for you personally becoming more active, if you decided to?”|
|DECIDE||Summarise without adding anything new||“Can I summarise what I think you have said?”|
|Ask the key question||‘So, what do you think you will do?’|
|Agree a plan||“Can I share with you some things people find helpful when making a plan?”|
|Arrange follow up||“How would you feel about coming back another time to build on the thoughts and ideas you’ve shared with me today?”|
|Signpost support organisations||“There are some great, free resources available here and on other websites by people who understand what it’s like living with your condition if you’d be interested to have a look”|