Helping patients to change behavior and other outcomes
Healthcare involves not just giving people treatment. They come in with challenges connected to the way they lead their lives. The impact of poor environments on health and wellbeing is considerable. Then the conversations begin, and all too often, it’s about helping people to find a better balance, adjust their medicines or address their use of substances, smoking, diet and exercise. This is where motivational interviewing (MI) comes in: it might make good sense simply to tell them what to do, but this all too often falls on deaf ears, even worse, it can lead to kickback or resistance. “I would like to advise you to…” is met with a blank look or a “Yes but I cant because…”.