Participant Comments

"I feel more helpful eliciting change talk . . . this will improve already strong relationships I have with patients . . . the program was really good and very helpful"

"This has helped me understand what patients want"

"MI is a way for patients to see that we are on their side."

"The training made me think about the ways I talk and listen to people"

I now feel motivated to use MI skills that sadly I had let go of in the past few years . . . MI improves patient satisfaction."

Diabetes Care

Imagine how different diabetes care would be if clinicians used motivational interviewing (MI) for evoking people’s co...

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

A Great New Book Has Arrived: Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

I Was Often Wondering What To Say Next

When I started using MI in diabetes care after my first training, I used open ended questions and struggled with simple ...

Motivational Interviewing in Diabetes Care

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People with diabetes often struggle to make healthy choices and stay on top of managing their illness. Filling a vital need, this is the first book to focus on the use of motivational interviewing (MI) in diabetes care. The uniquely qualified authors—physician Marc P. Steinberg has devoted much of his career to diabetes care, and renowned clinical psychologist William R. Miller is the co-developer of MI--present proven counseling techniques that can make any conversation with a patient more efficacious and motivating. Numerous sample dialogues illustrate specific ways to elicit patients' strengths and help them overcome barriers to change in such areas as eating habits, physical activity, medication use, insulin treatment, substance abuse and psychological issues, and more.

Endorsement comments:

"An incredible resource for those who care for people with diabetes. Starting with the understanding that patients are often ambivalent about behavior change, the authors help readers practice a guiding style and adopt the right 'mindset and heartset' for helping patients improve their health. Real-life examples and sample dialogues demonstrate key strategies and drill down into specific diabetes scenarios. The book is full of practical examples of how to guide patients to make changes." --Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Joslin Diabetes Center and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

"Steinberg and Miller elegantly show how to infuse diabetes counseling with listening and talking skills known to enhance difficult conversations about change. Patients’ lifestyle habits are the most important factor in how well they will live with diabetes; providers of all training backgrounds can use this book to become more effective when talking to their patients about healthier habits. Beautifully written, the book is loaded with empirically supported conversational tips to maximize the chances that your patients will change. This is the consummate book on diabetes behavioral counseling." --Chris Dunn, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

"Provides a concise and relevant explanation of what MI is about, plus invaluable examples of clinical conversations on the critical topics of diabetes care. This is the best resource I've seen for building skills that can make the work of busy diabetes practitioners both more successful and more satisfying--and it's a quick and easy read for our tight schedules! I strongly recommend it to any clinician hoping to build effective partnerships with people with diabetes. I wish I'd had this book when I was starting out in the field." --Nancy R. Eyler, MD, FACP, former 20-year Medical Director for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Community Medical Center, Missoula, Montana

"Marvelous. The book addresses many of the types of conversations and behaviors that we encounter every day in people with diabetes or pre- diabetes, and common flaws in our interactions with patients are highlighted. The authors emphasize that MI is not a series of ‘magic words,’ but a skill. Easy to read, the book offers keys to helping patients harness their internal motivation, make positive changes in their lifestyle, and enhance their responsiveness to all the members of the health care team. Having been an educator for many years, I would make this mandatory reading for anyone working in the field of diabetes." --Kim L. Kelly, PharmD, Kelly Diabetes Associates, LLC

"Unlike many medical guides that are best suited to putting tired minds to sleep, this little gem is hard to put down! The book is full of realistic and challenging clinical scenarios. Steinberg and Miller provide superb suggestions for how to integrate MI into diabetes care, with a unique focus on the words, phrases, questions, and statements to use with patients to facilitate health behavior change. MI can help improve the overall quality of the clinical relationship/m-/to the benefit of patients and providers alike." --Melanie A. Gold, DO, DABMA, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center

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