ArizOTA Virtual Conference 2020
Friday, October 23 to Saturday, October 24
Value-driven reimbursement demands improved patient adherence and clinical outcomes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). However, motivating patients to adopt a healthful treatment plan during brief office visits provides a major challenge for clinicians (e.g. returning to the clinic for scheduled appointments, taking pain medications as prescribed and following an appropriate home exercise therapy program). Therefore, effective communication strategies that can be successfully employed during time-pressured consultations are worthy of consideration. Motivational interviewing (MI) is an alternate style of communication that has demonstrated success with clients that are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. When delivered effectively, patients are more receptive to the treatment plan, which makes consultations less frustrating for the provider. Although grounded in psychology, the approach is not exclusive to counselors or psychologists. An investigation of MI training methods identified significant short-term gains in competency with participation in an interactive workshop. .