MI in Healthcare

How Can MI Help You Help Your Patients?

MI began with research by Dr. Bill Miller in the field of addiction treatment as he analyzed attributes of effective counselors. Through the years, MI theory and concepts have been refined, researched and implemented in a variety of settings.  A clinician with strong MI skills can guide their patients towards positive outcomes in relation to a variety of target behaviors. (1)

MI in Health Care: Connecting the Dots

  • 60% of US adults have at least one chronic health condition (2)
  • 70.0% of deaths in the United States and about 75.0% of health care spending costs are attributable to chronic diseases (3)
  • The majority of these conditions can be prevented or improved by lifestyle modification (3)
  • Clinician-patient communication has a direct influence on patient adherence to treatment (4)
  • Very brief MI interactions can boost positive outcomes for people in relation to many behaviors, including weight loss, blood pressure control, tobacco use and substance use.  (5, 6)

Healthcare Professionals:  MI training can be customized to your health center needs:

  • What does the evidence tell us? Effectiveness of Brief Motivational Interventions (BMI)
  • Collaboration rather than confrontation: 5 key skills for effectively engaging with patients
  • 3 major roadblocks and how to avoid them
  • Using the change ruler to evoke interest in change
  • Adapting the research to your campus or health practice
  • Using MI with SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment
  • Interactive practice opportunities to try it all out!

Check-out the training schedule or contact Ms. Rogan to discuss your training needs


  1. Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, Bill Miller and Steven Rollnick, 3rd edition
  2. Chronic Disease Overview, CDC
  3. Prevention of Chronic Disease by Means of Diet and Lifestyle Changes
  4. Physician Communication and Patient Adherence to Treatment: A Meta-analysis
  5. SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatments
  6. Motivational Interviewing Used in Primary Care A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis