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Engaging Patients to Take Charge of their Health Care through Motivational Interviewing
How does motivating patients to take charge of their health care facilitate health outcomes? Patients are often the obstacle to their own optimal health. Achieving positive health outcomes is less about physicians making the right diagnosis and providing the proper course of treatment and more about patients’ willingness to take ownership of improving their health. Patients non-compliance with medication regimes can cause chronic conditions to worsen and ultimately effect the patients’ health overall. Physicians are exploring new techniques to help engage and motivate patients to take a more active role in their own health care. Motivational interviewing is a technique that has been proven to be clinically effective in improving health outcomes. Motivational interviewing is about listening and recognizing what the patients’ needs are and helping them to identify how they can change their behavior to improve their overall health. Through motivational interviewing, patients are more engaged and motivated to improve their health which ultimately increases the level of quality of care that is provided. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have any questions regarding the content, please contact Katie Pajak at or 1-312-464-5450.
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Engaging Patients to Take Charge of their Health Care through Motivational Interviewing 
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Expiration Date: September 10, 2016


At the end of this activity, physicians should be able to:

  1. Perform the motivational interviewing technique.     
  2. Explain how motivational interviewing can increase health literacy and encourage patient compliance.  
  3. Identify the challenges and opportunities physicians may face when using motivational interviewing with their patients. 

Target Audience
This activity is designed for medical staff leaders (Chief of Staffs, Medical Staff Presidents, Medical Directors and Medical Staff members), medical staff service professionals and medical staff legal counsel.  

Statement of Need
There is a need to provide education with strategies to help physicians perform the motivational interviewing technique effectively and identify how motivational interviewing can increase health literacy and encourage patient compliance. 

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care and interpersonal and communication skills. 

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credit
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must; 1) view the webinar in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz by answering 4 out of 5 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation

Planning Committee

Syed Danish, MD - OMSS Representative/AMA
James DeNuccio, MBA, FACHE - Director, Physicians in Practice/AMA
John Flores, MD -  OMSS Representative/AMA
Matthew Gold, MD - OMSS Governing Council Alternate Delegate/AMA

Mary Kelly - CME Program Committee/AMA
Lee S. Perrin, MD - OMSS Governing Council Delegate/AMA
Arthur D. Snow, Jr, MD - OMSS Governing Council Chair/AMA
John Spurlock, MD - OMSS Governing Council Secretary/AMA
atie Pajak, MEd - Program Development Administrator, OMSS/AMA
Keith Voogd - Senior Policy Analyst, OMSS/AMA
David J. Welsh, MD - OMSS Governing Council Vice Chair/AMA
Lambert Wu, MD - OMSS Representative/AMA

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD - Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine; Executive Director, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, Indiana University School of Medicine.

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  

Hardware/software Requirements
Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher.
Web Browser: MS Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.
Browser Plug-in: Adobe Flash Player
PDF Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher.

Audio speakers or headphones

Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Katie Pajak at or 312-464-5450. 

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
54 Registered Users
1 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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