Motivational interviewing: Hype or hope?

TitleMotivational interviewing: Hype or hope?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMesters, I
JournalChronic Illness
PublisherSage Publications
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1742-39531745-9206
Accession Number2009-04520-001. First Author & Affiliation: Mesters, I.
Keywordsbehavior change, behavioral change, Client Attitudes, lifestyle changes, Motivation to change, motivational interviewing, patient behavior, Readiness to Change

Lifestyle behavior not only plays a big part in the incidence of heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory conditions and diabetes, but also affects the outcomes of chronic illnesses. Motivational interviewing aims to help increase patients’ motivation to change, and enhance behavioral change. I must admit, I welcomed the hype with some skepticism. Why? My experience is that failure to achieve positive change in patients may not be the result of not having the counseling methods to do so, but rather of practitioners’ non-adoption, partial implementation (low completeness and low fidelity) and/or failure to maintain acquired counseling skillfulness to change patients’ motivation and behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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