How Mobile Technologies Can Change the Way We Interact with Our Patients
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Course Author(s): Mário Rui Araujo, PhD, M. Psych, BSDH


  1. There are many different models and theories of behavioral change that can help guide ways of thinking about practice. In oral health the most common is _______________.
  1. Health‐compromising behaviors such as physical inactivity and poor oral hygiene habits are difficult to change. Most social‐cognitive theories assume that an individual's intention to change is the best direct predictor of actual change. However, people often do not behave in accordance with their intentions. A new model emerged addressing a motivational and volitional phase in behavioral change and also addressing that intention is not enough to change behaviors. What is the name of that model?
  1. How we communicate with our patient makes all the difference!
  1. According to Suvan and Ramseier: “It will be the patient’s task to say how and why he or she should or might change. The clinician’s role is to elicit these arguments for change from the patient.”
  1. There are ways of approaching the challenge of health behavior change that makes it less stressful for the clinician and with a greater potential for creating results in a brief period of time.
  1. A common approach in addressing oral health-related behavior change is to give advice or to try to persuade patients toward a particular action.
  1. What can be considered the most important characteristic to use mHealth technologies?
  1. We can use mHealth tools to _______________.
  1. What services are delivered with mHealth technologies?
  1. There is great potential for mobile use in the health care sector as it allows patients and providers the ability to communicate from anywhere in order to ask questions and collect information.