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Up Your Knowledge on Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based, patient-centered, collaborative counseling approach that focuses on strengthening a patient’s motivation for a positive change in behavior. Read on to evaluate how much you know about this important component of initiating positive oral health behaviors in your patients.


Motivational interviewing helps patients accept responsibility for their health and encourages autonomy in their decision making.

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Four integrated components foster communication and encompass the spirit of motivational interviewing: partnership, acceptance, compassion, and evocation.

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Which of the following is a component of motivational interviewing?

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Open-ended questions can be answered with “yes” or “no” statements.

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The key point in motivational interviewing is that rather than being swayed by clinical instructions, patients are more likely to be persuaded by their own thoughts and words.

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Beyond familiarity with its core principles, little clinical training is required to achieve competence in motivational interviewing.

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Dental hygiene programs are now revising their curricula to incorporate motivational interviewing instruction.

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Up Your Knowledge on Motivational Interviewing
Congrats! You understand the ins and outs of motivational interviewing. Get out there and put your know-how to good use!
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