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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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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)698-704
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Personnel/education
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivational Interviewing/methods
  • Obesity/therapy
  • Obstetrics/education
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications/therapy

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