THE USE OF GOAL ATTAINMENT SCALING IN A COMMUNITY OUTREACH HEALTH COACHING PROGRAM
Rhonda Cross Beemer1, Eric M. Mosier1 Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO1
PURPOSE: This study assessed a community health coaching program’s effectiveness on goal attainment utilizing the method of goal attainment scaling. METHODS: Thirty-three subjects met with a certified health coach to create goals for health improvement. Two goals were assessed using Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) and were reported at 2-week, 4-week, and 6-week time periods. Final results using the GAS were reported at the six-week mark. Following the completion of the program, a satisfaction survey relating to the quality of the health coach and the program was sent electronically to subjects. RESULTS: Following the completion of six weeks in the community health coaching program, goal 1 was scored as follows using the GAS for the thirty-three subjects: 5 scored a +2 (much more than expected), 3 scored a +1 (more than expected, and 10 met their goal (scoring a 0 on the GAS). Eleven scored a -1 (less than expected), and 4 scored a -2 (much less than expected). Goal 2 for the thirty-three subjects was scored as follows: Three scored a +2, 7 scored a +1, and 14 met their Goal 2. Six scored a -1 and 3 scored a -2. Twenty-six subjects completed the electronic satisfaction survey. The majority of the subjects felt that the program was helpful in making a lifestyle change and the majority stated that their health coach was helpful. Of the subjects that completed the survey, all responded “yes” they would recommend this program to others. CONCLUSION: In summary, of the thirty-three subjects, 18 met or exceeded their Goal 1, while 15 did not meet their goal 1. Twenty-four participants met or exceeded their goal 2, while 8 did not meet their goal. Utilizing a GAS allowed the health coach and researchers to know the level of attainment for each subjects’ goals at various points throughout the health coaching program. This is particularly insightful for a novice health coach in creating attainable goals and for all health coaches in identifying areas of improvement for clients.
Beemer, RC and Mosier, EM
"THE USE OF GOAL ATTAINMENT SCALING IN A COMMUNITY OUTREACH HEALTH COACHING PROGRAM,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 11
, Article 83.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol11/iss7/83