Motivational Interviewing

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Simply telling patients to change their behaviour is often unrewarding and ineffective. Motivational interviewing, on the other hand, uses the basic communication skills of reflection, active listening and open-ended questioning to guide - rather than lead - the patient towards healthier outcomes.

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Motivational interviewing is a well established patient-centred approach that supports behaviour changes. When first developed by Miller and Rollnick over two decades ago, MI was used mainly in the fields of addiction and substance misuse. Today, however, its use has broadened to embrace a diverse range of clinical settings and patient groups. Although primarily used in the field of health promotion, MI is now also having a significant impact on patients' self-management for some of the most serious diseases caused by lifestyle factors.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Ai Chan
29 Apr 2021
Nice and easy!
Melinda Kelly-Hamilton
21 Oct 2021
Leaves you wanting to know more
Nadia Kraljevic
14 Apr 2020
Very interesting and easy to follow.
Lucy Warringham-Kennedy
27 Jun 2022
Enrolled Nurse
can't wait to put this into practice in my new role. thank you!
Claire Grey
14 Aug 2021
A great easy and informative read on the best way to communicate with a patient or client in a clinical setting
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Colette Burnell
14 Oct 2021
Too short
Helen OHare
28 Aug 2020
Great resource for understanding the need for motivational interviewing.
Marisa Wilson
15 Jun 2023
Physiotherapy Student
Short and sweet. Great info
20 Apr 2020
Interesting topic. Good to learn communication strategies and to think in detail about interactions with patients.
Edward Buckland
23 Oct 2023
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