Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

The 5 A`s (Assess, Advice, Agree, Assist and Arrange) of Behavioural Change
Personal Action Plan
1. List specific goals in behavioral terms
2. List barriers and strategies to address them
3. Specify Follow-up Plan
4. Share plan with practice team and client's social support
 
1. ASSESS
Beliefs, Behavior and Knowledge
 
2. ADVISE
Provide specific information about health risks and benefits of change
 
3. AGREE
Collaboratively set goals based on patient’s interest and confidence in their ability to change
the behaviour
 
4. ASSIST
Identify personal barriers, strategies, problem solving techniques and social/environmental
support
 
5. ARRANGE
Specify plan for follow-up (e.g. visits, phone calls, mailed reminders)