"No matter how knowledgeable a health practitioner might be, if he or she is not able to open good communication with his or her patient, they may be of no help."  

  ~ Institute for Healthcare Communication Report

Cultivating Change in Healthcare Delivery and Public Policy

Dr. Clipper's contribution to whole person, patient-centered medicine has focused on: 1) creating, implementing and overseeing programs addressing health disparities that exist within populations served to achieve health equity for improved care delivery, patient outcomes and costs and 2) research on reducing health disparities, improving chronic disease management and enhancing the patient-provider relationship. 

Her research centers on the effects of Behavioral Engagement with Pure PresenceTM (BEPP) in patient-provider relationships across various providers and areas of specialty and their patients. The purpose of this research is to demonstrate the effects of this behavioral change model for communication-skills training of providers to improve the patient-provider encounter. Examining the impact of this sustainable behavior change model on health-related quality of life, patient outcomes, and cost-effectiveness can provide information to guide healthcare management and public policy initiatives as the rise in chronic illnesses and behavior-related diseases could be significantly addressed by these finding through continued research and dissemination of the model on a national level. 

Mainstream Medicine’s Call for Action: Timeliness of BEPP

  • Supports national and global initiatives call for person-centered medicine to address escalating behavioral-related diseases through whole person health education and self-directed care
  • Provider communication-skills training to transform the patient-provider relationship under the challenging provisions providers must balance within patient care
  • Supports healthcare consumerism advocating patient –provider partnership 
Behavioral Engagement with Pure PresenceTM

Behavioral Engagement with Pure PresenceTM originated from 40 years of development and research by the National Institute of Whole Health (NIWH).  The behavioral change model teaches health care professionals to treat the whole patient as opposed to their disease and to form relationships with their patients for sustained behavior modification and improved patient outcomes.  

Behavioral Engagement with Pure PresenceTM applies an integrated approach to inter-person communication while engaging both patients and providers.  Designed to enhance and transform patient-provider relationships, it serves as a best practice model of relationship-centered, patient education training for providers.  Centered on a state of being fully and wholly present to another person, it comprises 20 core relational dynamics that are multi-dimensional and “Whole Person” focused and 12 steps of Pure Presence.  These transformational components work with the physiological brain state to facilitate emotional shifting that is essential to sustained behavior change.  Providers acquire a transformative communication skill-set through education on the psycho-neurobiology of communication.

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To find out more about Christie’s availability as an 
advisor and educator for healthcare organizations, applied research projects, and collaborative public policy initiatives on health management and disease prevention  contact her directly.  
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