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Motivational Interviewing: Helping Patients Move Toward Change

Richardson, Luann

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318238e510
Feature: CE Connection

Abstract: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a valuable tool for nurses to help patients address behavior change. MI has been found effective for helping patients with multiple chronic conditions, adherence issues, and lifestyle issues change their health behaviors. For Christian nurses, MI is consistent with biblical principles and can be seen as a form of ministry. This article overviews the process of MI, stages of change, and offers direction for further learning.

Why is changing behavior so hard? What helps people change? Discover motivational interviewing and help patients with chronic conditions, adherence, and lifestyle issues change health behaviors.

Luann Richardson, PhD, FNP, RN, teaches at Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serves as an NCF advisor. Luann practices as a nurse practitioner in a cardiology practice and as a parish nurse at St. Malachy Parish.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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