Expanding Health Care Team with Health Coaches In the August issue of the American Family Physician journal, a study was cited that shows "health coaching lowers patients' systolic blood pressure and saves physician time". More and more studies are proving that adding health coaches to the health care team can yield positive results.
Thomas Bodenheimer, M.D., is the co-director of the Center for Excellence in Primary Care at the UCSF School of Medicine. Bodenheimer told AAFP News Now that his past experience didn't prepare him for the positive results that were revealed at the conclusion of this study. Most studies about trying different ways to improve hypertension will get a 5 or 6 millimeter drop in blood pressures. This study using health coaches got a 22 millimeter (average) drop in blood pressure!