Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior
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Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior (Applications of Motivational Interviewing )

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Much of health care today involves helping patients manage conditions whose outcomes can be greatly influenced by lifestyle or behavior change. Written specifically for health care professionals, this concise book presents powerful tools to enhance communication with patients and guide them in making choices to improve their health, from weight loss, exercise, and smoking...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published November 7th 2007 by The Guilford Press (first published November 5th 2007)
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Karen
Mar 11, 2011 Karen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: medical clinicians and aides.
There was a bit of a mismatch here for me. I am a health counselor, but it is a counselor type of position. This book is much more aimed for the clinical setting, especially where time with each client is very limited. They are directing this book much more to Doctors, Nurses and their aids than to someone like me.

That said, as a Holistic Health Coach, the concepts set forth are extremely helpful. Since my job is to actually coach people through the changes that doctors are guiding them to make,...more
Maan Kawas
A very good book that provides clear information on the concept, principles, tools, and skills of the ‘Motivational Interviewing” in general, and its use within the health care context in particular! One of the key points the book stressed is the importance of eliciting from patients their own good motivation for making health-related behavior change, using various strategies and tools. The books explain the overall spirit of the approach in the following points: “collaborative, evocative, and h...more
Julie
This book describes how a social worker, MD, RN or other health care professional can talk to a patient about behavioral changes necessary for improving their health in such a way that the patient is motivated to change. This is done through enouraging the person to identify why, how much, and how they'd want to make changes, rather than the professional trying to argue, persuade, or guilt them into it. The authors, (and now I) are convinced that this is most effective way to encourage adult pat...more
Myridian
This book tries to do basically what the title says, present motivational interviewing techniques geared toward a healthcare (really primary care) setting. The information is good and I am a believes in the techniques it was just oversimplified for someone who's already been to trainings and read the original Miller & Rollnick book. I would recommend this to people who think they need what the title says, but for someone at more of an intermediate level with MI, just go back to the original...more
Spieges
Surprisingly good book if you are looking to improve your communication skills. While this book was written for the healthcare provider, I can see it's application across many interactions, including anyone with kids. It's a quick and easy read. Very informative.
Becky Webb
This book is amazing! Although the technique takes some practice it can be used in so many parts of life, not just in a medical practice. For anyone who wants to improve their communication skills I recommend it!
Joy
Interesting...I can think of a lot of different ways and circumstances in which this would be useful. I would especially recommend it to anyone in social services or medicine.
Olwen
Great reference for revisiting the principles of motivational interviewing specifically in relation to health care. Easy to read and understand, well set out.
Kristina
Very applicable to my work, and a bit less dense than the main "motivational interviewing" book.
Tracey
Great resource if you work with people on behavior change.
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