Background Behaviour change toward achieving a healthy lifestyle is important
for all Australians, and general practitioners have a key role to play in
assisting patients to make these changes.
Objective This is the first of a two part series which provides the background to
approaches to influencing behaviour change in general practice, from
brief interventions to motivational interviewing (MI). The second part
of the series will explore motivational interviewing in more detail.
Discussion General practitioners have a key role in changing their patients’
health behaviours. There are a range of tools GPs can use to help
enhance their patients’ motivation to achieve their health goals.
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