Concept Analysis of Self-Regulation in Health Behavior
Ghareeb Mesawa Bahari, Faculty Member of Nursing College at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Healthcare providers, especially nurses, are working on developing patients’ health outcomes. One of the approaches to do so is by focusing on patients’ behavior. Behavior-based care management is important for patients who have chronic conditions. Such conditions need adequate focus on healthy behaviors and remember that it can be one of the pathways to better healthcare. Performing a healthy behavior is not easy; it needs continuous monitoring and surveillance. One of the principles for healthy behaviors is self-regulation concept. Little research have been describing patients’ self-regulation toward their health behavior. The purpose of this paper is to extend the meaning of concept of self-regulation in health behavior. The author aims to elucidate the defining attributes of self-regulation in health behavior and identify antecedents and consequences by using Walker and Avant's model. Multiple cases (a model case, borderline case, and contrary case) are also presented to show how self-regulation in health behavior is important to the critical attributes. These cases are reflected on hypertension disease because of the author’s interest. Empirical referents are also presented to determine the current perspectives of the concept of self-regulation in health behavior. Healthcare professionals, particularly nurses, should be able to understand the dimensions of concept of self-regulation in health behavior and its importance for designing new guidelines for better self-management.
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