A dialogue game for multi-party goal-setting in health coaching

Mark Snaith*, Dominic De Franco, Tessa Beinema, Harm Op Den Akker, Alison Pease

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    Goal-setting is a frequently adopted strategy in behaviour change coaching. When setting a goal, it is important that it is understood and agreed upon by all parties, and not simply accepted as-is. We present here a dialogue game for multi-party goal-setting, in which multiple health coaches can contribute in order to find a goal that is acceptable to both the patient, and the coaches themselves. Our proposed game incorporates three important aspects of goal-setting and health coaching, (1) coaches can query each other's proposed goals, (2) the patient takes ownership of the goal, and (3) the patient themselves can propose goals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputational Models of Argument - Proceedings of COMMA 2018
    EditorsSanjay Modgil, Katarzyna Budzynska, John Lawrence, Katarzyna Budzynska
    PublisherIOS Press
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-906-5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-905-8
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
    Event7th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument 2018 - Institute for Philosophy & Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
    Duration: 11 Sep 201814 Sep 2018
    Conference number: 7

    Publication series

    NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
    ISSN (Print)0922-6389


    Conference7th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument 2018
    Abbreviated titleCOMMA 2018
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    • Coaching
    • Dialogue game
    • Formal dialectical systems
    • Medical dialogue


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