Review Article| Volume 42, ISSUE 2, P229-241, June 2007

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Promoting Behavior Change: Making Healthy Choices in Wellness and Healing Choices in Illness—Use of Self-Determination Theory in Nursing Practice

      This article explores more efficacious strategies for holistic nurses to promote healthy behavior choices in their clients. It presents an overview of self-determination theory (SDT) and describes research evidence that supports the application of SDT to promoting healthy behavior change in clients. When nurses act in ways that support clients' innate needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness, clients may be more successful at internalizing self-regulation and more inclined to adopt and maintain lifelong behavioral changes. Some examples of nursing interventions to motivate behavior change are outlined in this article.
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