Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 11, November 2009

Influencing behaviour change in general practice Part 1 – brief intervention and motivational interviewing

Toni Wain Moira G Sim Eric Khong
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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.
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.
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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