Once you’ve uncovered your patient’s story, it’s time to set goals. These goals should be meaningful, actionable, and achievable. When setting goals, it’s important to ensure they’re something your patient wants.
For example, say you set a goal for Jane of increasing her adherence to therapy. While this is a good clinical goal, it may not necessarily be meaningful to her. Instead, allow Jane to set a personal, meaningful goal. Whether it’s going for a daily walk, getting back to gardening, or joining her family on vacation, this goal should mean something to her.
Once she determines her goal, let her know that the action she needs to take to meet this goal is to increase her adherence to therapy. This way Jane knows what needs to be done to achieve her goal.