To explore attitudes and beliefs about the role of health coaching for vulnerable populations, including people experiencing substance use or homelessness.From May-July 2016, we conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with patients, primary care clinicians, pulmonary specialists, and health coaches participating in a study of health coaching for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We developed a codebook and applied it in Atlas.ti, generating themes for frequently occurring codes.All stakeholder groups (n=20 patients, 11 primary care clinicians, three specialists, and two health coaches), reported improved COPD management and behavior change, even for patients experiencing substance use or homelessness. Clinicians observed greater symptom awareness and prioritization of COPD during the medical visit. The strength of the health coaching relationship and flexibility of the role were key to its effectiveness.Lay health coaching may provide a model to meet the needs of highly vulnerable populations with COPD.
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