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 email@example.com or 1-312-464-5450.
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