Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Rollnick S, Miller WR, and Butler CC.: Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Rollnick S, Miller WR, and Butler CC.: Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior

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Rollnick S, Miller WR, and Butler CC. Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior. New York, New York: The Guilford Press; 2008. 210 pages, $25/$48, ISBN-13:978-1-59.85-612-0.

Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior focuses on health care professionals who work with populations faced with behavioral changes. The 180-page book is easy to read and composed of 3 parts. Part 1 describes the principles and evidence of motivational interviewing and how it appropriately fits in the health professional's approach to patient care. Many patients have been encouraged to incorporate lifestyle modifications and behaviors to prevent disease complications, alleviate symptoms, and prolong and improve quality of life. Health care professionals need empathy when interacting with patients and must identify barriers that affect a patient's ability to comply with therapy, including making behavioral changes. Part 2 describes the core skills of motivational interviewing: asking, listening, and informing. Pharmacists receive training for these essential components of communication skill. Motivational interviewing can be used to empower patients to actively participate in making the best decisions about their health and treatment. Part 3 describes integration and implementation of motivational interviewing in practice with cases and scenarios. …

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