Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Making a difference: now it's your turn

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 17 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1055

Rapid Response:

Motivational interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a particular way of communicating with
patients about changing behaviour eg taking a new drug, or changing
lifestyle. The doctor engages with the patient to identify any perceived
drawbacks, and then consider any alternative choices and their relative
merits and disadvantages. Together, they can then develop a strategy for
dealing with any such problems, and the patient is then free to make their
own choice. Realistic and achievable goals can then be set.

By avoiding confrontation, engaging with the patient and increasing
their autonomy, trust is established and the potential for a successful
outcome maximized.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 May 2007
Adrian H Sie
Specialist Registrar in Paediatrics
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow G3 8SJ