Motivational interviewing for dental clinicians

Abstract

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a patient-centred, directive, therapeutic approach that supports patients’ readiness to change by exploring their ambivalence about doing so. This increases the patients’ motivation and helps them to commit to the process of change. In relation to dentistry, MI has been effectively used to: promote oral health behaviour; facilitate smoking cessation; and, alter health behaviours.

Journal of the Irish Dental Association 2014; 60 (1): 35-37

Dr Sharon Curtin
Cork University Dental School and Hospital, University College Cork

Anna Trace
School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork

Prof Hassan Ziada
Department of Surgical Science, Faculty of Dentistry, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait

Dr Evelyn Crowley
Health Service Executive (North Lee)

Corresponding author: Dr Sharon Curtain
Cork University Dental School and Hospital, University College Cork
E: S.Curtin@ucc.ie