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Motivate… Don’t Dictate!

The following article gives some great advice on improving the patient/provider relationship. While most healthcare providers have their patients’ best interest in mind when they give them health advice, the delivery of the advice is often flawed.

 In general, none of us respond well when told what to do. People often feel like they are being scolded. And once your patients feel scolded, they are much less likely to follow through.

 However, there are ways to be more effective on providing welcome advice to patients. A technique called motivational interviewing has proved to be very effective. Instead of telling patients what to do, providers ask patients how can they help them be successful with their medicine regime, weight loss program, exercise routine, etc.

 Next time a patient is not compliant, try asking them how you can help them be more successful with their treatment plan. You will end up with a much better collaborative relationship with your patient, whose health is more likely to improve.


  1. Ross Hardin
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Hi, thanks for sharing. I’m wondering if it’s OK to copy some of the text in my site?

  2. BethWilcox
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Please feel free to share!

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