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Motivational Interviewing

 

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Participate in this free, CME/CE-certified educational activity that includes an overview and instructional videos designed to help you employ motivational interviewing (MI) techniques in clinical settings to help your patients change health behaviors. Specifically, this activity addresses four different problems that negatively affect health: non-adherence to treatment guidelines, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and smoking.

As part of an ongoing informal needs assessment, Lunder-Dineen learned that many clinicians in Maine need continuing professional development that outlines how to engage with and build relationships with patients in a manner that leads to better outcomes. In addition, during a collaboration with Maine Quality Counts to scale up their patient-centered medical home (PCMH) pilot work, MI was the most requested topic. In response, Lunder-Dineen sought out experts in MI at Massachusetts General Hospital in order to create this enduring on-demand educational activity that addresses this unmet health education need in Maine.

Research shows that training clinicians in communication skills results in significant improvements in patient adherence to treatment recommendations. Motivational interviewing is an important and effective way for physicians, nurses, social workers and counselors to speak with patients about behavioral change. It is effective with patients who aim to engage in smoking cessation, weight loss, and exercise, and comply with prescribed medication regimens.

Click the "Take This Course" button to see CME/CE information and participate in the activity.