Auto Simple and secure cloud storage boutiques-francophones SmartSaver Kitchen Kindle Music Deals Store SGG Home, Kitchen and Garden Gift Guide
Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patient... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 35.16
  • List Price: CDN$ 43.74
  • You Save: CDN$ 8.58 (20%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Motivational Interviewing... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior Paperback – Nov 7 2007

3 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
CDN$ 35.16
CDN$ 27.96 CDN$ 25.64 Books Gift Guide

Frequently Bought Together

  • Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior
  • +
  • Motivational Interviewing, Third Edition: Helping People Change
  • +
  • Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook
Total price: CDN$ 162.59
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (Nov. 7 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593856121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593856120
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product Description


"We use this book for Coaching Wellness Behavior Change, a core class for all Exercise and Health Science students at UMass Boston. Lifestyle behavior has become a targeted issue contributing to population health. This book provides all health professionals (and future professionals) with invaluable information on developing provider-client relationships that facilitate change."--Dana Commesso, MA, Lecturer, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Boston
"At the heart of rehabilitation are two central tenets: First, the patient is a key member of the rehabilitation team. Second, the rehabilitation process requires patients to learn and utilize new adaptive behaviors. How do we make these two key notions come alive in our interactions with patients? This text is the answer to that question. It provides useful theory, evidence-based methods, and clinical examples. The material is accessible and does not assume advanced knowledge of psychology. The message and skills in this book should be part of the practice of every rehabilitation professional."--Stephen T. Wegener, PhD, ABPP, Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins University
"This book provides a well-organized, thoughtful discussion about how to develop a set of interpersonal skills that can promote the betterment of patient care and health behaviors. Pharmacy practice faculty would be well advised to incorporate these powerful methods and examples into courses that address health behaviors and/or patient counseling."--Douglas J. Pisano, PhD, Professor and Dean, School of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
"As pharmacists take an increasingly active role in health care and medication counseling, we now recognize that many 'medication problems' are, in essence, communication problems. Motivational interviewing allows pharmacists to communicate with their patients in a clear, concise, and structured way. Pharmacists and pharmacy students in any practice setting will benefit from implementing the tools and techniques in this book."--Ernest J. Dole, PharmD, ABQ Health Partners, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy

"In this era of evidence-based practices in health care, practitioners still face the vexing question: Will my patient actually follow the procedures known to be efficacious? This book assists health care professionals in maximizing their effectiveness. An evidence-based practice in its own right, MI facilitates cooperation and compliance with treatment regimens. If you are a health care professional or a mental health professional consulting in a medical setting, and have ever wondered what to do with a seemingly 'unmotivated' patient, this is the book for you."--Barent Walsh, PhD, Executive Director, The Bridge of Central Massachusetts

"This is an immensely useful text for teaching students and professionals how to help patients adopt health-promoting behaviors; for example, dieting, exercising, or attending follow-up appointments. Most such education concentrates on what to tell patients; this text concentrates on how to guide patients so that they will hear and implement the 'what.' As an MI trainer, I will be using this resource with a range of health care providers."--Robert G. Rhode, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona; member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

"This book delivers what it promises: practical, effective, and efficient strategies for producing more productive interactions with patients about behavior change. The authors, who are largely responsible for originating and refining MI, have translated this powerful evidence-based intervention into a set of core competencies and skills that can be easily understood, learned, practiced, and, most importantly, integrated into real-world clinical practice."--Michael G. Goldstein, MD, Associate Director for Clinical Education and Research, Institute for Healthcare Communication, and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

"Many of today's leading causes of death are significantly related to modifiable health behaviors. This book provides a critical approach for helping patients change their behavior. Motivational interviewing (MI) provides a new alternative to the outdated direct persuasion approach, bringing a breath of fresh air to the conversation between health care providers and those with chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. Practical examples and exercises make this book a powerful tool for use in educating medical students, nurses, and other health care professionals about encouraging patients to make healthy choices."--Robert Gabbay, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Penn State Hershey Diabetes and Obesity Institute

"This practical guide moves motivational interviewing (MI) into the realm of everyday health care practice. Specifically, the book addresses the 'why' and the 'how-to' aspects of having conversations about behavior change. It helps clinicians learn to hear what their patients are really saying, and how to guide them through resolving ambivalence about behaviors. Relevant examples from various fields of medicine are provided. The chapter featuring extended examples of how to integrate MI into everyday interactions is particularly helpful. I see this as a useful resource for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and other clinicians, as well as clinician educators involved in training students and residents."--Carol R. Schermer, MD, MPH, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Loyola University Medical Center

"Packed with practical pearls of wisdom for guiding patients in the process of changing many types of unhealthy behaviors, this easy-to-read book is a gift to all health care providers. The authors use real-life cases and believable dialogue to illustrate how to use listening skills to elicit the patient's perspective and build toward change. Too many of us in health care get discouraged and give up hope too soon when patients are not compliant with our advice, when we really should be trying a different way to approach the issues. This book's 'can-do' and 'no-blame' orientation helps the busy clinician regain satisfaction in relationships with patients and become more effective in facilitating change."--Edward Bernstein, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Director, Brief Negotiated Interview and Appropriate Referral to Treatment (BNI-ART) Institute, Boston University School of Public Health

"The authors highlight the underpinnings of effective communication and demonstrate how the spirit, philosophy, and principles of MI can actually enhance patient-provider relationships. This book is a 'must read' for health care practitioners across disciplines, from novice clinicians searching for practical advice to expert providers seeking professional refueling. Faculty will find this book invaluable for teaching future health care providers, as the information on MI is evidence based and the case examples are drawn from real-world clinical experiences. In today's fast-paced health care industry, providers may feel daunted by encroaching technology or hamstrung by requisite documentation. Therefore, enjoying meaningful interactions with patients becomes even more of a challenge. Fortunately, MI can help providers connect with their patients. After reading this book, one cannot help but feel empowered to change behavior."--Pam Burke, PhD, RN, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital

"I highly recommend this book for any practitioner dealing in health behavior change. In a conversational style with numerous helpful examples, the authors translate complex psychological concepts into easy-to-understand terms that will support and guide health care practitioners in improving their consultations with patients. The book is also a 'must' for undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in motivational interviewing within the world of health care practice."--Judith Carpenter, registered dietitian, Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust, UK

"I highly recommend this book to directors of clinical services, analysts, therapists of all disciplines, and students. It has survived my usual skepticism for new" approaches and has inspired me to seek training and supervision in MI."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
(Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2007-11-09)

"The authors are leading authorities in motivational interviewing, having founded, developed, and written extensively on the topic over the past 25 years....For a broad range of frontline clinicians, including those who work in various medical specialties, the book gives useful insights that can have an immediate impact by making one's practice more productive and more enjoyable. For those with special interest in human behavior, particularly those in the mental health field, this book is a concise, highly readable introduction to motivational interviewing and will likely pique interest for further study of this powerful tool for promoting change."--Psychiatric Services
(Psychiatric Services 2007-11-09)

"Provides practical guidance on how clinicians in health care settings can apply MI to promote change in a range of health-related behaviors, such as smoking, exercise, diet, use of new aids or medications, and uptake of services....The book reads like a practice guide, clearly aimed at the time-constrained clinician, with useful short summary statements stressing the main point of each section for the reader....Has the potential to make an important long-term impact on both the individual and population health outcomes."--Drug and Alcohol Review
(Drug and Alcohol Review 2007-11-09)

"Rollnick, Miller, and Butler adroitly describe the spirit and practice of MI through richly annotated case examples and incisive metaphors to help the learner remember and understand key principles....The book provides an excellent description of state-of-the-art patient-centered communication for both newbies and established practitioners who are looking for a refresher in MI spirit."--American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
(American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine 2007-11-09)

"This book represents the latest thinking from the principal architects and researchers of Motivational Interviewing (MI)....This book is an excellent introduction to MI and has been written to help clinicians integrate this guiding style into their practice. It is crammed with techniques and draws on a wide range of clinical material to illustrate how they can be used....Although not explicitly written for work with adolescents, there is a great deal of useful and relevant material. This is a highly readable book and an excellent resource both for novice and experienced MI practitioners."--Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal
(Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal 2007-11-09)

"There are useful chapters on asking, listening, and informing skills that begin with general comments and then focus on specific skills and strategies for MI. The chapters are well illustrated with examples of dialogue from different settings....A number of case studies are given that relate ways in which health services is resonant with the respectful and collaborative nature of MI....The book has value for family physicians, general practitioners, and registrars who are interested in improving their communication skills, particularly in the area of brief behaviour change counselling. The simple yet powerful concepts regarding communication styles and skills will also be useful for teachers of communication skills."--South African Family Practice Journal
(South African Family Practice Journal 2007-11-09)

"Motivational Interviewing (MI), a method of interacting with patients to enhance behavior change, is a well-tested and established method with over 160 randomized clinical trials demonstrating its efficacy across an array of medical conditions....This book is a helpful tool for all practitioners seeking a better commitment to behavior change in their patients. The skill set needed to accomplish the goal of behavior change is already developed in most clinicians. This book guides the reader through the process of honing those skills and switching effortlessly through the various methods of patient interaction to best achieve change."--Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
(Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2007-11-09)

"Motivational Interviewing in Health Care offers a new approach in communicating for nurses—particularly providers treating patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity—and all health care professionals working to assist patients in making lifestyle changes for better health....As information technology relentlessly invades the realm of patient care, we find ourselves with less time to communicate with and teach our patients, so the time we do have must be optimized....In this book the reader is walked through and provided with positive steps to implement the MI guiding style of communication....Provides many examples of MI conversations, giving the reader insight into how MI communication works and is accomplished. I enjoyed the stories unfolding of how patients arrive at health change decisions, by themselves, if given the guided opportunity by an expert MI communicator. The book is a short, easy read which gave me food for thought and reinforced my continuing quest for a positive, therapeutic conversation with each of the patients. MI is also about caring for your own health."--Registered Nurse
(Registered Nurse 2007-11-09)

"Practitioners such as nurses, the largest group of health care providers, will welcome the opportunity to add MI to their toolkit....Recommended."--Choice
(Choice 2007-11-09)

"Will prove useful for practice nurses, health visitors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, general practitioners, and mental health professionals....Excellent."--Nursing Standard
(Nursing Standard 2007-11-09)

“The book will be of interest to any community health nurse who interacts with patients, in particular those who try to help clients manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The authors provide a detailed framework for guiding behavioral change and offer a map for shifting interview styles with comfort, so that the practitioner can adopt the appropriate style for the client situation. This title is also suitable for adoption in classes and clinical labs that are focused on teaching students about helping relationships and about strategies for assisting patients to make a positive lifestyle change.”--Journal of Community Health Nursing
(Journal of Community Health Nursing 2015-02-26)

About the Author

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. A clinical psychologist with many years of experience and a codeveloper of MI, he provides consultancy and training on the subjects of motivation, change, and MI. His research and guidelines for good practice have been widely published, and his work on implementation continues, with a current focus on children with HIV/AIDS in Africa, pregnant teens in deprived communities, and MI for schoolteachers and sports coaches.

William R. Miller, PhD, is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, where he joined the faculty in 1976. He served as Director of Clinical Training for UNM's American Psychological Association-approved doctoral program in clinical psychology and as Codirector of UNM’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. Dr. Miller’s publications include 35 books and more than 400 articles and chapters. He introduced the concept of motivational interviewing in a 1983 article. The Institute for Scientific Information names him as one of the world's most cited scientists.

Christopher C. Butler, MD, is Professor of Primary Care Medicine and head of the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University, UK. He trained in medicine at the University of Cape Town and in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto. For his doctoral work, under the direction of Stephen Rollnick, he developed and evaluated behavior change counseling and conducted qualitative research into patients’ perceptions of advice against smoking from clinicians. Dr. Butler has published more than 70 papers, mainly on health behavior change and common infections. He has a general medical practice in a former coal-mining town in south Wales.

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Nordal on Feb. 6 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Found to be helpful in setting guidellines for client care.
Different options given on approaching ways to implement effective guidelines to assist clients and assist them to come to their own decisions.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
By Monica Bashaw on Nov. 14 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is exactly what I wanted it to be. Very straight forward. Great real-life examples. I can't wait to start using these techniques with my clients!!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I am enjoying learning from this book.The concepts are clearly presented.
I am sure I will find it a great tool for my practice.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 75 reviews
86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
This Book Delivers The Goods Well June 29 2008
By M. Epstein - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Motivational Interviewing in Health Care By Rollnick, Miller and Butler

As an experienced neurologist (read 'old')I have spent decades and read many books about interviewing: neurological, psychiatric, difficult, challenging, etc., etc. In serial publications over 20 years or more, Dr. Miller and others have refined the process of how to converse to effectively motivate patients to do what (you think) they should do.

Doctors know that figuring out what a patient needs is only the beginning of the overall process. Selling the patient is important in medicine if optimum results are to be attained. This book is a communication guide. This book shows you how to convince the patient he needs and really wants to buy your product for his own good.

In an intelligent and logically organized fashion, this thin book (2-3 hours max to get through, but then more time later to restudy and refine technique) provides a matrix from which to work to induce your patient to internalize wanting and needing to do what he should do for optimal health. It shows physicians or counselors how to begin therapy after making a diagnosis and reinforces a teamlike approach where resistance or escapism can often show up.

If you recall the book The House of God, one of the first rules proferred was that the patient is always the one with the problem. This book guides the doctor to show the patient why he needs to take on his problem and be motivated to handle his part optimally for his own good.

As I improve my use of these straightforward techniques, I am considering jettisoning the ballpeen hammer I used to use for the same purpose. There is nothing earth shattering here. I have and likely we all have used these techniques at times, but this book puts it together as I suspect few of us have done as concisely independently.

I recommend this book strongly, and I would not buy any of the preceding ones (not that I have read them all, but it seems this book must be the denoument). This would be excellent reading in medical school and any time after. There is nothing this old dog likes better than learning and improving efficiency. Counseling is a big part of our job and one cannot help but improve technique and outcomes with these insights. My patients will fare better because I read this book and, well, what else is there?
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Improving Communications in the Health Care encounter March 30 2008
By Edward Bernstein MD - Published on
Format: Paperback
Most patients feel rushed and not heard in their encounters with health care providers. This clearly written "how to" book provides principles and examples of conversation that can improve the quality of communication around life style change between provider and patient. Listening rather than telling, and guiding rather than directing or preaching are difficult skills for health providers. Giving the patient "a voice and a choice" in making changes in their unhealthy behaviors is essential to successful outcomes. This practical guide to health behavior change has made a difference in my practice when patients give me permimssion to discuss their drinking, smoking, drug use, over eating, fitness and seat belt use with them.

Edward Bernstein, MD
Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine
Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Department of Emergency Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Motivational Interviewing Feb. 15 2008
By J. Davis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A necessary read in my opinion! There are many practitioners that use a dominant directive style in patient education whos outcomes could benefit from this newer type of interviewing. It offers an approach that is empowering to the patient and allows the patient to discover their own will to work towards change. MI offers an approach that is more productive and it does not take more of the practitioners time. It is no quick fix though. MI takes time in practice for proficiency but, it is definately worth implementing! This book is an easy read.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I finally get it March 20 2009
By M. Wolf - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
MotivationalMotivational Interviewing is emerging as a best practice approach for a variety of conditions. It has been studied in addiction treatment, peer support, chronic disease management and a plethora of other settings. As a social worker over the years I have been exposed to many Motivational Interviewing trainings. This book is the best reference book I have found to explain motivational interviewing. If you are experienced in motivational interviewing or if you are new to the concepts this book can provide insight, tools and explanations for all levels. I think this book does a wonderful job talking about different styles such as directing, following and guiding. If you are new to MI and looking for a place to start this is a great book. If you have been using MI and are looking for inspiration to take your practice further this book will also be of help.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
excellent training manual for health behavior change Dec 30 2007
By Anne Koerber - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent training manual for motivational interviewing for health behavior change. It is an improvement over the previous books.