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Habit Reversal Tips #10 Five for Patients, Five for Practioners

publication date: Jun 4, 2012
author/source: DrB
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5 tips for patients

  •  Think about what to do, not what not to do
  •  Involve others: explain, get advice, allow prompts
  •  Use the hand tally counter and log your results
  •  Ensure you can give habit reversal  priority - it takes only 4 weeks
  •  Understand, create and use your personal new behaviour prescription

5 tips for practitioners

  •  Before starting, clarify and encourage positive motivation
  •  Ensure habit reversal is combined with optimal topical treatment
  •  Prompt the patient to click when scratching occurs in clinic
  •  Demonstrate the procedure & watch it being performed
  •  As scratching frequency falls, focus habit reversal tactics on danger times