Summary

For many patients, lifestyle changes––exercising more, drinking less, taking medications as prescribed––can improve health. In many instances, patients are already aware of these potential health benefits, but they do not want to give up a competing behavior.  In contrast, motivational interviewing (MI) focuses on exploring the benefits of a current behavior compared with the potential benefits of behavior change.

This module was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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