Wellcoaches Research

Wellcoaches Research

Statistically significant outcomes

623 coaches, 34,064 patients/clients, 139,225 coaching sessions

The Wellcoaches Protocol of health/well-being coaching is the most thoroughly tested coaching protocol in the healthcare and well-being domains, resulting in positive, statistically significant outcomes in all 22 peer reviewed studies.

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Coaching Psychology Manual

Our peer-reviewed manual published by Wolters Kluwer describes the Wellcoaches coaching protocol, taught in Wellcoaches core training program and implemented in the peer-reviewed coaching case studies and practice-based outcomes research shown on this page.

Impact of Wellcoaches Training

Lombardo, C. M. (2020). An exploration of trainees’ experience and the effects of the Wellcoaches training program (Order No. 27957264). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2419104009). 

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Coaching Case Studies & Articles

Diabetes Education, the Quadruple Aim and Health Coaching – a perfect match, Australian Diabetes Educator, 2020

The Lifestyle Medicine Team: Health Care That Delivers ValueAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 2018. Abstract.
Polak, et al (2018). Innovation in medical education: a culinary coaching tele-nutrition program
Polak, et al (2018). Expanding the culinary coaching tele-medicine model
McGloin et al (2015). Telephone coaching and diabetes
Polak et al (2014). Improving consumption of healthy food, diabetes patient
McGloin (2014). Coaching for Type 2 Diabetes
Roy et al (2014). Physician-referred patients with chronic conditions
Sforzo et al (2013). Ithaca College employees
Sherman et al (2013). Primary care setting for MGH employees
Schwartz (2013). Alternative to bariatric surgery
Berna (2013). Tribal community healthcare center, diabetes patients

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Wellcoaches Research Citations

  1. Ahn S, Lee J, Bartlett-Prescott J, Carson L, Post L, Ward KD. Evaluation of a Behavioral Intervention with Multiple Components Among Low-Income and Uninsured Adults With Obesity and Diabetes. Am J Health Promotion 2018;32(2):409-422. doi:10.1177/0890117117696250

  2. Berman MA, Guthrie NL, Edwards KL, Appelbaum KJ, Njike VY, Eisenberg DM, Katz DL. Change in Glycemic Control With Use of a Digital Therapeutic in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: Cohort Study. JMIR Diabetes 2018; 3(1):e4. doi: 10.2196/diabetes.9591. PMID: 30291074; PMCID: PMC6238888

  3. Djuric Z, Segar M, Orizondo C, Mann J, Faison M, Peddireddy N, Paletta M, Locke A. Delivery of Health Coaching by Medical Assistants in Primary Care. J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 May-Jun;30(3):362-370. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2017.03.160321. PMID: 28484068; PMCID: PMC5634140

  4. Edman JS, Galantino ML, Hutchinson J, Greeson JM. Health coaching for healthcare employees with chronic disease: A pilot study. Work 2019;63(1):49-56. doi: 10.3233/WOR-192907. PMID: 31127744.

  5. Eisenberg DM, Righter AC, Matthews B, Zhang W, Willett WC, Massa J. Feasibility Pilot Study of a Teaching Kitchen and Self-Care Curriculum in a Workplace Setting. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2017;13(3):319-330. doi: 10.1177/1559827617709757.

  6. Galantino ML, Schmid P, Milos A, Leonard S, Botis S, Dagan C, Albert W, Teixeira J, Mao J. Longitudinal Benefits of Wellness Coaching Interventions for Cancer Survivors. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review 2009:  4 (10): 41-58. doi:10.18848/1833-1882/CGP/v04i10/53020

  7. Guthrie NL, Berman MA, Edwards KL, Appelbaum KJ, Dey S, Carpenter J, Eisenberg DM, Katz DL. Achieving Rapid Blood Pressure Control With Digital Therapeutics: Retrospective Cohort and Machine Learning Study. JMIR Cardio. 2019; 12;3(1):e13030. doi: 10.2196/13030. PMID: 31758792; PMCID: PMC6834235.

  8. Hackshaw KV, Plans-Pujolras M, Rodriguez-Saona LE, Moore MA, Jackson EK, Sforzo GA, Buffington CA. A pilot study of health and wellness coaching for fibromyalgia. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Nov 8;17(1):457. doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-1316-0. PMID: 27821160; PMCID: PMC5100173.

  9. Hildebrandt T, Michaeledes A, Mayhew M, Greif R, Sysko R, Toro-Ramos T, DeBar L. Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Health Coach-Delivered Smartphone-Guided Self-Help With Standard Care for Adults With Binge Eating. Am J Psychiatry 2020 Feb 1;177(2):134-142. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2019.19020184.

  10. Long DA, Reed RW, Duncan I. Outcomes Across the Value Chain for a Comprehensive Employee Health and Wellness Intervention: A Cohort Study by Degrees of Health Engagement. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jul;58(7):696-706. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000765. PMID: 27294443.

  11. McGloin H. Exploring the potential of telephone health and wellness coaching intervention for supporting behaviour change in adults with diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Nursing 2015:19:394-400.

  12. McGonagle AK, Schwab L, Yahanda N, Duskey H, Gertz N, Prior L, Roy M,  Kriegel G.. Coaching for primary care physician well-being: A randomized trial and follow-up analysis. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology 2020: 25(5), 297–314. https://doi.org/10.1037/ocp0000180

  13. Mielenz TJ, Tracy M, Jia H, et al. Creation of the Person-Centered Wellness Home in Older Adults. Innov Aging. 2020;4(1): 1-13. igaa005. doi:10.1093/geroni/igaa005

  14. Mettler EA, Preston HR, Jenkins SM, Lackore KA, Werneburg BL, Larson BG, Bradley KL, Warren BA, Olsen KD, Hagen PT, Vickers KS, Clark MM. Motivational improvements for health behavior change from wellness coaching. Am J Health Behav. 2014 Jan;38(1):83-91. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.38.1.9. PMID: 24034683.

  15. Rivera LO, Ford JD, Hartzell MM, Hoover TA. An Evaluation of Army Wellness Center Clients' Health-Related Outcomes. Am J Health Promot. 2018 Sep;32(7):1526-1536. doi: 10.1177/0890117117753184. Epub 2018 Feb 5. PMID: 29402124.

  16. Roy BA, Roberts PA, Lisowski C, Kaye MP, Sforzo GA. Integrating Health Coaching With a Medical Fitness Program to Treat Chronic Health Conditions. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2017;14(3):326-334 doi:10.1177/1559827617728025

  17. Schwartz J. Wellness Coaching for Obesity: A Case Report . Global Adv Health Med. 2013;2(4)68-70. DOI: 10.7453/gahmj.2013.029

  18. Sforzo GA, Kaye MP, Simunovich S, Micale FG. The effects of health coaching when added to a wellness program. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 31:4, 242-257, doi: 10.1080/15555240.2016.1228463

  19. Sforzo GA, Kaye M, Ayers GD, Talbert B, Hill M. Effective Tobacco Cessation via Health Coaching: An Institutional Case Report. Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Sep;3(5):37-44. doi: 10.7453/gahmj.2014.029. PMID: 25568823; PMCID: PMC4268607.

  20. Sherman RP, Petersen R, Guarino AJ, Crocker JB. Primary Care–Based Health Coaching Intervention for Weight Loss in Overweight/Obese Adults: A 2-Year Experience. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2019;13(4):405-413. doi.org/10.1177/1559827617715218

  21. Sherman RP, Ganguli I. Primary Care-Based Health Coaching for the Management of Prediabetes. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2017; Apr 11;12(2):175-178. doi: 10.1177/1559827617702074. PMID: 30202390; PMCID: PMC6124994.

  22. Tucker LA, Cook AJ, Nokes NR, Adams TB. Telephone-based diet and exercise coaching and a weight-loss supplement result in weight and fat loss in 120 men and women. Am J Health Promot. 2008;23(2):121-9. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.07051646.