The patients wanted their GP to acknowledge emotions and to direct the dialogue towards common ground where advice was adjusted to the concrete life situation. A good, personal doctor-patient relationship created motivation and obligation to change, and allowed counselling to be interpreted as care. CONCLUSION. The findings underscore the necessity of a patient-centred approach in lifestyle counselling and support the relevance of Habermas's theory as practical guidance for deliberation. IMPLICATIONS. The findings suggest that GPs should trust the long-term effects of investing in a good relationship and personalized care in lifestyle consultations.
The study should incite the GP to act as an encouraging informer, an explorer of everyday life and reasons for behaviour, a reflective partner, and a caretaker, adjusting medical advice to patients' identity, context, and values.
DOI - Scandinavian journal of primary health care (DOI)