Why TADS works
In depth research by TADS over a 6 year period utilising adults and young people, has identified the underlying reasons why people choose not to change risky or potentially unhealthy behaviours. As a result TADS is able to provide training based on what the general population have asked for and what health professionals say has been a missing link in their behavioural change conversations with patients/clients.
All developmental stages and resources for the TADS training programme have been determined and constructed through community and participant feedback and evaluation.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health National Review of the TADS programme (2001) indentified it as 'ahead of research, a unique and innovative generic training programme at both national and international levels highlighting the ability to evolve and adapt to meet different training and information needs of diverse audiences'.
This is what participants have said:
‘Has rekindled my enthusiasm for this part of my job,' General Practitioner.
‘I now use my time more effectively and it restores the process back to the patient. This training now underpins all my primary health care work,' Practice Nurse.
‘The TADS approach moves away from direct approaches of Brief Interventions and Motivational Interviewing ... not judgemental to the patient,' Project Manager, Pacific Peoples.
‘Fits like a glove with Maori approaches to the whole person need. Have changed my focus as a smoking cessation co-ordinator now,' Tobacco Control Manager, Māori Health.
‘It was like waking up to how it is for the patient on the receiving end,' General Practitioner.
‘Awesome for us. Don’t need the olds to tell us all the time. Gives us a chance to work stuff out for ourselves,' Youth facilitator.
How it can work for you
If you are satisfied that your current patient interaction is working well, consider these realities:
- Do people prefer to shy away from discussing their unhealthy behaviours rather than talk openly with their doctor or nurse? More often than not.
- Are there frequent but often missed opportunities to reach these patients during the course of their general practice appointments? Again, more often than not.
- Can TADS Brief Opportunistic Interactions support and improve people’s wellbeing? According to many patients who have been offered this approach the answer is yes.
- Can all this be done without overloading practice resources, time and budgets? Yes, and can even produce a more proficient and cost effective system.
- And how important is early prevention? It's the future. Most countries are now at the point where they've decided to focus on preventative instead of reactive strategies but are unsure as to how to take the next big leap- learning early prevention utilising behavioural change skills. Take this opportunity to become a part of this essential learning and be trained with TADS.