Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals: A Sensible Approach

Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals: A Sensible Approach
2nd Ed.
2020 © American Pharmacists Association
Bruce A. Berger; William A. Villaume
ISBN-13: 978-1-58212-321-9
Health Education, Nursing Education, Pharmacy/Pharmacology


This highly anticipated second edition features two all-new chapters, including The Human Brain and Social Threat: Impact on Patients and Health Care Professionals and How Do I Know What Skill to Use? Both chapters result from what the authors have learned from their interactions over the past six years with their students and health care professionals.

The authors have applied motivational interviewing to the complex behavior change that is central to patients being able to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis. This book identifies critical interactional dynamics to assist health care providers (HCP’s) in developing a conversational “flow” with the patient. How does empathic understanding create a relationship that allows patients to discuss barriers (and benefits) to managing their illnesses? How can the HCP guide patients to choices they can make to manage their illnesses? How do we encourage patients to talk about how they make sense of their illnesses and what is happening to them?

Using MI will enable you to communicate with your patients in a clear, concise, and sensible way that helps open your patients to the possibility of behavior change. By using the tools and skills in this revised second edition, you can have a greater impact on improving your patient outcomes.
Key Features:

  • • Two new chapters address the human brain and social threat, and how to know what MI skills to use
  • • Provides a practical, step-by-step approach to the use of MI skills and tools in all practice settings
  • • Includes multiple dialogues between HCPs and patients to illustrate the use of MI skills and tools
  • • Case studies vividly demonstrate the application of MI through extensive dialogues with video links
  • • Review questions at the end of each chapter underscore key concepts

Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This can serve as a useful reference and should be reviewed by any healthcare professional whose interactions with patients involve changing patient behavior or patients making decisions related to their healthcare."

--Christina Rose, PharmD (Temple University Hospital) - Doodys Review - previous edition

"A key strength of the book lies in one of the final chapters, where the authors guide the reader through several cases. For each case, a full conversation between a health professional and patient is presented, with and without the use of MI. There is a clear discrepancy between the two styles of communication, and the reader can recall how the concepts of MI relate to each situation. The authors also provide an analysis of each case to reinforce and clarify important points. To emphasize the message further, a link and QR code allow the reader to view brief videos for each case. Watching these interactions drives home the benefits of using MI and helps the reader better understand how to apply these principles in practice. The book is eye-opening for health professionals who may not be familiar with MI, and it introduces a new way to communicate effectively with patients. Readers can use the tools and real-world examples to immediately begin implementing MI in their practice."

--Pharmacy Today, March 2014


This title is clearly written for healthcare professionals and it can be used by nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, etc. The authors are experts in communication and psychology and one is a pharmacy clinician and educator.

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