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    Using Motivational Interviewing in Conversations With Patients

    In a new APTA podcast, MarySue Ingman, PT, DSc, describes the use of motivational interviewing (MI) when talking to patients about making changes in their lifestyle and presents the key concepts of MI—expressing empathy, supporting self-efficacy, rolling with resistance, and developing discrepancy. She also offers listeners specific MI techniques that they can use with patients, such as asking open-ended questions and demonstrating reflective listening. Ingman illustrates how the techniques can be used with an example in which a physical therapist has to have a conversation with a patient about smoking or a sedentary lifestyle. 

    This podcast is the third in a series on behavioral change. Look for a podcast later this month that will provide an example of using MI with a student. The other podcasts in this series can be found on APTA's Health Behavior Change webpage.

    APTA podcasts are prerecorded discussions and interviews, not live events. Members can listen to podcasts at their convenience by clicking on the links provided in News Now  articles, visiting www.apta.org/podcasts/, or subscribing to APTA podcasts on iTunes.


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