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Motivational Interviewing in Health Care
Helping Patients Change Behavior

Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Christopher C. Butler

210 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Paperback
November 2007
ISBN 978-1-59385-612-0
Cat. #5612
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November 2007
ISBN 978-1-59385-613-7
Cat. #5613
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March 2011
ISBN 978-1-60623-821-9
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Also see David B. Rosengren's bestselling title, Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook
“I highly recommend this book to directors of clinical services, analysts, therapists of all disciplines, and students. It has survived my usual skepticism for new" approaches and has inspired me to seek training and supervision in MI.”

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic


“The authors are leading authorities in motivational interviewing, having founded, developed, and written extensively on the topic over the past 25 years....For a broad range of frontline clinicians, including those who work in various medical specialties, the book gives useful insights that can have an immediate impact by making one's practice more productive and more enjoyable. For those with special interest in human behavior, particularly those in the mental health field, this book is a concise, highly readable introduction to motivational interviewing and will likely pique interest for further study of this powerful tool for promoting change.”

Psychiatric Services


“Provides practical guidance on how clinicians in health care settings can apply MI to promote change in a range of health-related behaviors, such as smoking, exercise, diet, use of new aids or medications, and uptake of services....The book reads like a practice guide, clearly aimed at the time-constrained clinician, with useful short summary statements stressing the main point of each section for the reader....Has the potential to make an important long-term impact on both the individual and population health outcomes.”

Drug and Alcohol Review


“Rollnick, Miller, and Butler adroitly describe the spirit and practice of MI through richly annotated case examples and incisive metaphors to help the learner remember and understand key principles....The book provides an excellent description of state-of-the-art patient-centered communication for both newbies and established practitioners who are looking for a refresher in MI spirit.”

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine


“This book represents the latest thinking from the principal architects and researchers of Motivational Interviewing (MI)....This book is an excellent introduction to MI and has been written to help clinicians integrate this guiding style into their practice. It is crammed with techniques and draws on a wide range of clinical material to illustrate how they can be used....Although not explicitly written for work with adolescents, there is a great deal of useful and relevant material. This is a highly readable book and an excellent resource both for novice and experienced MI practitioners.”

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal


“There are useful chapters on asking, listening, and informing skills that begin with general comments and then focus on specific skills and strategies for MI. The chapters are well illustrated with examples of dialogue from different settings....A number of case studies are given that relate ways in which health services is resonant with the respectful and collaborative nature of MI....The book has value for family physicians, general practitioners, and registrars who are interested in improving their communication skills, particularly in the area of brief behaviour change counselling. The simple yet powerful concepts regarding communication styles and skills will also be useful for teachers of communication skills.”

South African Family Practice Journal


“Motivational Interviewing (MI), a method of interacting with patients to enhance behavior change, is a well-tested and established method with over 160 randomized clinical trials demonstrating its efficacy across an array of medical conditions....This book is a helpful tool for all practitioners seeking a better commitment to behavior change in their patients. The skill set needed to accomplish the goal of behavior change is already developed in most clinicians. This book guides the reader through the process of honing those skills and switching effortlessly through the various methods of patient interaction to best achieve change.”

Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


Motivational Interviewing in Health Care offers a new approach in communicating for nurses—particularly providers treating patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity—and all health care professionals working to assist patients in making lifestyle changes for better health....As information technology relentlessly invades the realm of patient care, we find ourselves with less time to communicate with and teach our patients, so the time we do have must be optimized....In this book the reader is walked through and provided with positive steps to implement the MI guiding style of communication....Provides many examples of MI conversations, giving the reader insight into how MI communication works and is accomplished. I enjoyed the stories unfolding of how patients arrive at health change decisions, by themselves, if given the guided opportunity by an expert MI communicator. The book is a short, easy read which gave me food for thought and reinforced my continuing quest for a positive, therapeutic conversation with each of the patients. MI is also about caring for your own health.”

Registered Nurse


“Practitioners such as nurses, the largest group of health care providers, will welcome the opportunity to add MI to their toolkit....Recommended.”

Choice


“Will prove useful for practice nurses, health visitors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, general practitioners, and mental health professionals....Excellent.”

Nursing Standard


“We use this book for Coaching Wellness Behavior Change, a core class for all Exercise and Health Science students at UMass Boston. Lifestyle behavior has become a targeted issue contributing to population health. This book provides all health professionals (and future professionals) with invaluable information on developing provider-client relationships that facilitate change.”

—Dana Commesso, MA, Lecturer, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Boston


“At the heart of rehabilitation are two central tenets: First, the patient is a key member of the rehabilitation team. Second, the rehabilitation process requires patients to learn and utilize new adaptive behaviors. How do we make these two key notions come alive in our interactions with patients? This text is the answer to that question. It provides useful theory, evidence-based methods, and clinical examples. The material is accessible and does not assume advanced knowledge of psychology. The message and skills in this book should be part of the practice of every rehabilitation professional.”

—Stephen T. Wegener, PhD, ABPP, Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins University


“This book provides a well-organized, thoughtful discussion about how to develop a set of interpersonal skills that can promote the betterment of patient care and health behaviors. Pharmacy practice faculty would be well advised to incorporate these powerful methods and examples into courses that address health behaviors and/or patient counseling.”

—Douglas J. Pisano, PhD, Professor and Dean, School of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


“As pharmacists take an increasingly active role in health care and medication counseling, we now recognize that many 'medication problems' are, in essence, communication problems. Motivational interviewing allows pharmacists to communicate with their patients in a clear, concise, and structured way. Pharmacists and pharmacy students in any practice setting will benefit from implementing the tools and techniques in this book.”

—Ernest J Dole, PharmD, ABQ Health Partners, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy


“In this era of evidence-based practices in health care, practitioners still face the vexing question: Will my patient actually follow the procedures known to be efficacious? This book assists health care professionals in maximizing their effectiveness. An evidence-based practice in its own right, MI facilitates cooperation and compliance with treatment regimens. If you are a health care professional or a mental health professional consulting in a medical setting, and have ever wondered what to do with a seemingly 'unmotivated' patient, this is the book for you.”

—Barent Walsh, PhD, Executive Director, The Bridge of Central Massachusetts


“This is an immensely useful text for teaching students and professionals how to help patients adopt health-promoting behaviors; for example, dieting, exercising, or attending follow-up appointments. Most such education concentrates on what to tell patients; this text concentrates on how to guide patients so that they will hear and implement the 'what.' As an MI trainer, I will be using this resource with a range of health care providers.”

—Robert G. Rhode, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona; member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)


“This book delivers what it promises: practical, effective, and efficient strategies for producing more productive interactions with patients about behavior change. The authors, who are largely responsible for originating and refining MI, have translated this powerful evidence-based intervention into a set of core competencies and skills that can be easily understood, learned, practiced, and, most importantly, integrated into real-world clinical practice.”

—Michael G. Goldstein, MD, Associate Director for Clinical Education and Research, Institute for Healthcare Communication, and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


“Many of today's leading causes of death are significantly related to modifiable health behaviors. This book provides a critical approach for helping patients change their behavior. Motivational interviewing (MI) provides a new alternative to the outdated direct persuasion approach, bringing a breath of fresh air to the conversation between health care providers and those with chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. Practical examples and exercises make this book a powerful tool for use in educating medical students, nurses, and other health care professionals about encouraging patients to make healthy choices.”

—Robert Gabbay, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Penn State Hershey Diabetes and Obesity Institute


“This practical guide moves motivational interviewing (MI) into the realm of everyday health care practice. Specifically, the book addresses the 'why' and the 'how-to' aspects of having conversations about behavior change. It helps clinicians learn to hear what their patients are really saying, and how to guide them through resolving ambivalence about behaviors. Relevant examples from various fields of medicine are provided. The chapter featuring extended examples of how to integrate MI into everyday interactions is particularly helpful. I see this as a useful resource for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and other clinicians, as well as clinician educators involved in training students and residents.”

—Carol R. Schermer, MD, MPH, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Loyola University Medical Center


“Packed with practical pearls of wisdom for guiding patients in the process of changing many types of unhealthy behaviors, this easy-to-read book is a gift to all health care providers. The authors use real-life cases and believable dialogue to illustrate how to use listening skills to elicit the patient's perspective and build toward change. Too many of us in health care get discouraged and give up hope too soon when patients are not compliant with our advice, when we really should be trying a different way to approach the issues. This book's 'can-do' and 'no-blame' orientation helps the busy clinician regain satisfaction in relationships with patients and become more effective in facilitating change.”

—Edward Bernstein, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Director, Brief Negotiated Interview and Appropriate Referral to Treatment (BNI-ART) Institute, Boston University School of Public Health


“The authors highlight the underpinnings of effective communication and demonstrate how the spirit, philosophy, and principles of MI can actually enhance patient-provider relationships. This book is a 'must read' for health care practitioners across disciplines, from novice clinicians searching for practical advice to expert providers seeking professional refueling. Faculty will find this book invaluable for teaching future health care providers, as the information on MI is evidence based and the case examples are drawn from real-world clinical experiences. In today's fast-paced health care industry, providers may feel daunted by encroaching technology or hamstrung by requisite documentation. Therefore, enjoying meaningful interactions with patients becomes even more of a challenge. Fortunately, MI can help providers connect with their patients. After reading this book, one cannot help but feel empowered to change behavior.”

—Pam Burke, PhD, RN, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital


“I highly recommend this book for any practitioner dealing in health behavior change. In a conversational style with numerous helpful examples, the authors translate complex psychological concepts into easy-to-understand terms that will support and guide health care practitioners in improving their consultations with patients. The book is also a 'must' for undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in motivational interviewing within the world of health care practice.”

—Judith Carpenter, registered dietitian, Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust, UK
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