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The aim of this study was to explore how professionals experience user involvement at an individual level and how they describe involving users at Healthy Life Centres. Four focus group interviews were conducted with a total of 23 professionals. Data were analysed using systematic text condensation. Four themes were identified: (1) Involving users through motivational interviewing; (2) Building a good and trustful relation; (3) Assessing and adjusting to the user's needs and life situation; and(4) Strengthening the user's ownership and participation in the lifestyle change process. Motivational interviewing was described by the professionals as a way to induce and ensure user involvement. However, seeing motivational interviewing and user involvement as the same concept might reduce user involvement from being a goal in itself and evolve into a means of achieving lifestyle changes. The professionals might be facing opposing discourses in their practice and a dilemma of promoting autonomy and involvement and at the same time promoting change in a predefined direction. Greater emphasis should thus be put on systematic reflection among professionals about what user involvement implies in the local Healthy Life Centre context and in each user's situation.
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Name: International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being
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The portion of an interactive computer program that issues messages to and receives commands from a user.
Using computer technology to create and maintain an environment and project a user's physical presence in that environment allowing the user to interact with it.
The interdisciplinary science that studies evolutionary biology, including the origin and evolution of the major elements required for life, their processing in the interstellar medium and in protostellar systems. This field also includes the study of chemical evolution and the subsequent interactions between evolving biota and planetary evolution as well as the field of biology that deals with the study of extraterrestrial life.
Typical way of life or manner of living characteristic of an individual or group. (From APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 8th ed)
Component of the NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. It conducts and supports clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span, from the management of patients during illness and recovery to the reduction of risks for disease and disability; the promotion of healthy lifestyles; the promotion of quality of life in those with chronic illness; and the care for individuals at the end of life. It was established in 1986.