There are 4 key principles that guide the practice of motivational interviewing in weight management with patients.
This reassures your patients that you are listening to them and seeing their point of view on the problem. Expressing empathy can show a deeper interest in the patient’s perspective.
Motivational interviewing is based on patients’ existing capacity for change. By focusing on previous successes, they will feel capable of achieving and maintaining their desired change.
Evoking motivations for change
Evoking means having the patient lay out their reasons for change rather than being told. Therefore, patients talk themselves into change by exploring their own ideas and feelings.
Throughout discussions of weight management, you and your patients will begin to see the differences between where they are (current habits) and where they want to be (goals). Help patients realize these discrepancies while emphasizing their autonomy throughout the process.