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Motivational Interviewing

Mandatory Readings:

  • Motivational Interviewing and Pediatric Health Behavior Interventions Mariann Suarez and Sharon Mullins. Dev Behav Pediatr 29:417–428, 2008.
  • Brief Motivational Interviewing as a Clinical Strategy to Promote Asthma Medication Adherence. Borelli, et al., J Allergy Clin Immunol, November 2007.

Residents will meet with Dr. Stahl twice during the rotation to become familiar with motivational interviewing and of its potential uses within pediatric primary care. Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. Key to this process rests in the understanding that motivation to change is elicited from the client, and is not imposed. Motivational Interviewing is not meant to be a form or coercion or persuasion but an opportunity for parents to examine barriers and facilitators of change along with their doctor. It is a powerful tool that can strengthen parents' abilities to care for their children effectively.