Motivational Interviewing: Supporting Patients in Health Behavior Change

This course is designed to equip healthcare providers and ancillary staff with the knowledge and tools to optimize patient behavior change to ultimately improve health outcomes. The goals of the course are to:

  • Implement effective patient communication strategies based on individualized readiness to make a behavior change
  • Increase healthcare providers’ knowledge on the importance and utilization of the patient-centered model of behavior change
  • Implement motivational interviewing techniques during patient visits for improved health outcomes

Intended Audience
The intended audience for this course is any healthcare provider or ancillary staff that has direct patient care, especially those in family and pediatric medicine.

The length of time for participants to take this course is estimated to be one hour.

Course Content
The following are the topics that will be covered in this course:

  • Components of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Benefits of Using Motivational Interviewing
  • Traditional Expert-Centered Model vs. MI Patient-Centered Model
  • Principles of MI
  • Readiness to Elicit Change Talk

Script and narration for the presentation is prepared by Dr. Rebecca Lang. There is a post-test at the end of the course.

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit:
The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nursing Credit:
The Department of Human Services is an Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider, issued Provider #94. This course has been approved for .12 Nursing CEUs.
Dietitian Credit:
The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, on behalf of the Commission on Dietetic Registration has approved this course for 1.0 hours of CPEUs.

The following organizations collaborated on the development of this course: Iowans Fit for Life, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Institute for Public Health Practice (IPHP) and the Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC).

Funding for the project was made available under Iowans Fit for Life (Cooperative Agreement U58/DP001386 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) at the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Health Systems. 

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