Summer Reading: Motivational Interviewing Book

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August 14, 2015 by Nicholas Spence


As I make my way through the summer, I have been seeking out some new reading material. I came across my next Ebook called “Motivational Interviewing: A Guide for Medical Trainees,” published by Oxford University Press.

The book is by three established experts in the area whose work is familiar to me: Antoine Douaihy (MD and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University Pittsburgh School of Medicine), Thomas M. Kelly (PhD and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine), and Melanie A. Gold (DO and Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine & the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health).

Although I do not consider myself a sucker for marketing, I was sold when I read the description of the book:

“This may be the single most important book you ever buy during your medical training. Rotations come and go, exams come and go, but regardless of specialty, patient-care will be at the heart of your practice. It is no exaggeration to say that motivational interviewing (MI) has transformed the way doctors engage with patients, families, and colleagues alike. MI is among the most powerful tools available to promote behavior change in patients. In an age of chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity), behavior change is no longer limited to substance use or the field of psychiatry – maladaptive choices and behaviors that negatively impact health outcomes are rampant. There is an explosion of research projects using MI or adaptations of MI in the behavioral health medicine field in the past decade. Hospitalizations can’t make people change. How marvelous is it that an evidence-based health behavior change approach (MI) can help people change the outcomes of their illnesses and the course of their lives.

This therapeutic approach is not a form of psychotherapy and is not the stuff of cobwebs and old leather couches. MI is readily integrated into regular ward rounds and office visits and provides an effective and efficient approach to patients’ clinical encounters.

Written by experts in the field and medical trainees across medicine, this is the first MI guide of its kind. It explores how MI enhances contact with patients from every level of training, following an accessible, succinct approach. This book covers the application of MI method and skills into practice and also includes numerous clinical scenarios, personal reflections and online animated clinical vignettes (video clips) that share challenges and successes.

Furthermore this book is endorsed by the pioneers of MI: William R. Miller & Stephen Rollnick.”

Sounds promising doesn’t it? As a clinically oriented book, I look forward to seeing if it lives up to its expectations. If you happen to read it, please share your thoughts as it would be great to hear your perspective!

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