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Empowering Your Patients

In the video below, family physician Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD, explains how motivational interviewing empowers patients to find their own motivation for moving forward.

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Amaryllis Sanchez Wohlever, MD
Coach for Physicians
Wellness, leadership, burnout recovery/prevention
Author. Medical Editor.
Board-certified Family Physician

  • Acknowledge their right to choose change (or not) Guiding communication style
  • Starts with relationship, empathy
  • Invites people to:
    • Consider their situation
    • Find their own solutions, motivation
  • Helping people
    • Believe they can do it
    • See beyond current reality
    • Be stronger than their excuses
  • Gently guiding them to verbalize
    • Their goals, motivators, strengths, obstacles
    • Their past successes & how they overcame
    • Why change is needed & how it will help

One Technique

  • Open-ended questions
  • Affirmations (empathy expressed}
  • Reflective listening
  • Summaries

Practice with your family and friends!

Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.

Creating Intention

  • Stages of Change
  • Pre-contemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance
  • Our goal: gently guide them toward next stage
  • Information vs. self-efficacy
  • Medical model vs. coaching model
  • Create discrepancy
  • Roll with resistance

Words Have Power

  • What you say
  • How it is received
  • How you say it