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Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behaviour

Much of health care today involves helping patients manage conditions whose outcomes can be greatly influenced by lifestyle or behaviour change. Written specifically for health care professionals, this concise book presents powerful tools to enhance communication with patients and guide them in making choices to improve their health, from weight loss, exercise, and smoking cessation, to medication adherence and safer sex practices. Engaging dialogues and vignettes bring to life the core skills of motivational interviewing (MI) and show how to incorporate this brief evidence-based approach into any health care setting. Appendices include MI training resources and publications on specific medical conditions.


  • I. Behaviour Change and Motivational Interviewing
  • 1. Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Evidence
  • 2. How Motivational Interviewing Fits into Health Care Practice
  • II. Core Skills of Motivational Interviewing
  • 3. Practicing Motivational Interviewing
  • 4. Asking
  • 5. Listening
  • 6. Informing
  • III. Putting It All Together
  • 7. Integrating the Skills
  • 8. Case Examples of a Guiding Style
  • 9. Getting Better at Guiding
  • 10. Beyond the Consultation
  • Epilogue: A Map to Guide You
  • Appendix A. Learning More about Motivational Interviewing
  • Appendix B. A Topical Bibliography of Research on Motivational Interviewing

Author Bio:

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Health Care Communication in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University, UK. He practiced in a primary care setting for 16 years and then became a teacher and researcher on the subject of communication. Dr. Rollnick has written books on motivational interviewing and health behavior change, has published widely in scientific journals, and has taught practitioners and trainers in many countries throughout the world.

William R. Miller, PhD, is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, where he joined the faculty in 1976. He served as Director of Clinical Training for UNM's American Psychological Association-approved doctoral program in clinical psychology and as Co-director of UNM's Centre on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. Dr. Miller's publications include 35 books and more than 400 articles and chapters. He introduced the concept of motivational interviewing in a 1983 article. The Institute for Scientific Information names him as one of the world's most cited scientists.

Christopher C. Butler, MD, is Professor of Primary Care Medicine and head of the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University, UK. He trained in medicine at the University of Cape Town and in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto. For his doctoral work, under the direction of Stephen Rollnick, he developed and evaluated behaviour change counseling and conducted qualitative research into patients' perceptions of advice against smoking from clinicians. Dr. Butler has published more than 70 papers, mainly on health behaviour change and common infections. He has a general medical practice in a former coal-mining town in south Wales.


''This book delivers what it promises: practical, effective, and efficient strategies for producing more productive interactions with patients about behaviour 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 Behaviour, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

''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.'' - 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

Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behaviour

Author: Rollnick, Miller and Butler

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