Motivational Interviewing

Margot Phaneuf, PhD,

August 2006

English version: March 2007

When faced with a patient who lacks the motivation to follow his or her1 treatment or someone whose behaviour reflects an addiction, who among us has not felt overwhelmed by this attitude which appears to us to be both illogical, irresponsible and exasperating? How many of us have never felt tempted to convince, to confront, to make the patient adopt behaviours considered to be better? The diabetic who doesn’t follow his treatment, the obstinate smoker, the alcoholic who doesn’t want to admit that he drinks – these are all, for us as nurses, significant challenges and hazards in the course of our therapeutic activities.

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