Improving self-efficacy for Latinos through goal setting at a community health center

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Chronic disease continues to cost the United States billions of dollars a year, with Latinos being disproportionately affected because of various obstacles and issues. Efforts focused on interventions to assist patients to self-manage are integral to decrease these health disparities. Goal setting implemented by staff nurses during routine primary care visits was used to investigate whether self-efficacy and selfrated health scores would improve among Spanish-speaking participants ( = 184). Although not statistically significant, the intervention group did experience a greater increase in mean self-efficacy scores than the usual care group. Self-efficacy is an important factor in any health promotion activity geared toward behavior change. Providing patients with goal-setting experience will assist them in gaining mastery experience, which is an essential way to improve self-efficacy. Future research should include ongoing training of the nurses during the implementation and evaluation of instrumentation used specific to Latino populations.


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Hispanic Health Care International

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Alicea-Planas, J. (2013). Improving Self-Efficacy for Latinos Through Goal Setting at a Community Health Center. Hispanic Health Care International, 11 (3), 119-130. doi: 10.1891/1540-4153.11.3.119