Training in motivational interviewing in obstetrics: a quantitative analytical tool

Christina L Lindhardt, Sune Rubak, Ole Mogensen, Ronald F Lamont, Helle P Hansen, Jan S Jørgensen

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine whether a 3-day training course in motivational interviewing, which is an approach to helping people to change, could improve the communication skills of obstetric healthcare professionals in their interaction with obese pregnant women.

DESIGN: Intervention study.

SETTING: The Region of Southern Denmark.

METHODS: Eleven obstetric healthcare professionals working with obese pregnant women underwent a 3-day course in motivational interviewing techniques and were assessed before and after training to measure the impact on their overall performance as well as the effect on specific behavioral techniques observed during interviews.

FINDINGS: With a few exceptions, the participants changed their behavior appropriate to the motivational interviewing technique. The participants made more interventions towards the principles of motivational interviewing (adherent and nonadherent interventions). Furthermore, the participants asked fewer closed and more open questions before training in motivational interview. In the assessment of proficiency and competency, most of the participants scored higher after the training in motivational interviewing.

CONCLUSIONS: Training in motivational interviewing improves healthcare professionals' proficiency and competency when communicating with obese pregnant women, albeit that the effect was not universal.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Vol/bind93
Udgave nummer7
Sider (fra-til)698-704
Antal sider7
ISSN0001-6349
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2014
Udgivet eksterntJa

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