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What is a Motivational Interview?

Oct 20, 2022
Among overweight and obese women, motivational interviewing showed to be beneficial in increasing weight efficacy lifestyle

Health systems, health promotion, mental health issues, and more recently, training and rehabilitation have all used motivational interviewing (MI). Even while MI is widely used and has spread to many areas of health care around the world.

Thirteen trials (54.2%) reported MI patients attaining at least 5% decrease of starting body weight and no weight loss when not using MI. MI has the potential to aid patients in primary care in their weight loss efforts. MI therapies result in an average weight loss of 1.0-4.9 kg during a period of 12 weeks to 5 years. 

Among overweight and obese women, motivational interviewing showed to be beneficial in increasing weight efficacy lifestyle. In addition, the MI method would likely be successful in achieving the efficacy and continuity of weight loss programs, particularly in health residences as well as urban and rural health facilities.

Currently, MI enhances weight efficacy lifestyle with more lasting effects among overweight and obese women than the nutrition education program in the control group, as reported by Navidian et al. We observed that MI was more effective than traditional nutrition education in fostering self-efficacy about negative emotions, food availability, social pressure, physical discomfort, and enjoyable activities all related to weight management. According to Navidian et al. it caused the aforementioned subscales to shift in more permanent and lasting ways. 

Increased client-based intrinsic drive to change is the end outcome of motivational interviewing (MI). Methods of investigation and clarification of ambiguity are employed. Recently, this method has been used in the realms of training and rehabilitation, adding to its already extensive application in the fields of health systems, health promotion, and mental diseases. MI is viewed as a useful option in clinical studies because it increases the response rate to treatments. It poses a challenge to conventional treatments by assuming that participants know what works for them and that professionals need only assist them in choosing additional methods that are likely to be effective.


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