Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based communication approach for addressing behavior change. It provides specific communication strategies to promote provider cultural competency and patient-centered, collaborative care.
Motivational interviewing is supported by multiple research reviews and meta-analysis with over 200 studies across multiple populations and health behaviors including smoking, nutrition, physical activity, medication adherence, adolescent risk behaviors.
Motivational interviewing has been shown to be even more effective with health disparity populations and allows for flexibility across health behaviors, settings and disciplines (many types of practitioners), and formats (brief interventions to multi-session treatments) while improving provider confidence and reducing burnout.
Motivational interviewing training can be customized to the needs of the provider allowing these techniques to be applied to diverse variety of practices by anyone willing to learn. MI can be taught in a brief overview, one to two day workshops, ongoing coaching in person or by phone/skype, online modules, training of internal coaches and workshop facilitators, and/or quality assurance measurement and feedback.