Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Enhancing Motivation

vknadmin December 20, 2022

In patients still not willing to quit or decrease tobacco use, the objective is to tilt the balance towards quitting. This can be achieved by discussing the advantages/ disadvantages of using versus stopping tobacco use. Developing discrepancy, eliciting motivational statements i.e. why should you quit?. Expressing empathy, avoiding argumentation and supporting self-efficacy are important strategies. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change.” On simple terms MI is –

  • A way of being with patients and having a conversation about change, which is nonjudgmental and based on compassion, respect, and empathy.
  • A set of learnable communication skills.
  • Aimed at helping patients change specific behaviors.
  • Patient-centred and respectful while still being directive and goal oriented toward change.
  • Brief and, although it may be delivered in 1–4 sessions as a stand-alone intervention, it is mostly a way of relating to people that can be used in almost all patient interactions.
  • It is Evidence-based.





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Summary on Motivational Interviewing

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