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Motivational Interviewing in Health Care
Motivational interviewing in health care

Motivational interviewing (MI) has been defined as ‘a directive client-centred counselling style for eliciting behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence’ (Rollnick and Miller, 1995). The focus of MI is helping patients talk about and resolve their ambivalence to behaviour change using their motivation, energy and commitment to do so.

Often when patients are advised by health professionals to make changes to their behaviours (like stopping smoking, or cutting down their alcohol intake), they struggle to do so. Health behaviours are likely to have been built up over a number of years and are therefore likely to include a great deal of habit and unconscious behaviour. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a technique used by ...

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