Motivational Principles to Help Engage Patients Over Time

How can healthcare extenders motivate patients to make healthy changes? Dr. Rick Botelho, author of “Motivational Practice: Promoting Healthy Habits and Self-Care of Chronic Diseases,” recently shared with us an excerpt containing motivational principles that practitioners can use. Botelho emphasizes that each person is unique in what may motivate him or her to change and that these principles can be used as a guide to engaging patients in the change process over time.

Motivational Principles

  • Develop empathic relationships with patients
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities for health behavior change
  • Gain consent from patients to address behavior change
  • Respect patients’ autonomy- use influence, not control, to effect change
  • Work at a pace sensitive to the patients’ needs and their readiness to change
  • Help patients explore and understand better their values and perceptions
  • Help patients decide whether to change their values and perceptions
  • Focus on strengths, successes and health, not weaknesses, failures and pathology
  • Focus on solutions rather than on problems
  • Enhance patients’ confidence and competence to change (self-efficacy)
  • Negotiate reasonable goals for change
  • Help patients believe that healthy outcomes are possible
  • Help patients increase their supports and reduce their barriers to change
  • Develop plans to prevent relapses and use so-called failures as learning opportunities

Bookclub_BlogDr. Botelho, along with a group of panelists, will be discussing his book in further detail in our upcoming webinar, “Motivate Resistant Patients By Changing Your Professional Role” this Wednesday, May 8th. This webinar will focus on how to adapt your professional role to patients’ changing needs over time.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Learn how to work with educated patients who resist change
  • Hear how to take on a more motivational role
  • Earn free CEUs (preapproved for CHES/MCHES/RD)

Plus: Everyone who registers for the webinar will receive 3 free chapters of Dr. Botelho’s book, “Motivational Practice: Promoting Healthy Habits and Self-Care of Chronic Diseases.”

To reserve your spot for the free webinar, register today.

SurroundHealth members will also have access to the full archive, so if you can’t make it, sign up anyway so that you can watch at a later date!

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