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Primary care nurses' performance in motivational interviewing: a quantitative descriptive study
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala universitet.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala universitet.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala universitet.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala universitet.
2015 (English)In: BMC Family Practice, ISSN 1471-2296, E-ISSN 1471-2296, Vol. 16, no 1, 89-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Motivational interviewing is a collaborative conversational style intended to strengthen motivation to change. It has been shown to be effective in addressing many different lifestyle problems as well as in chronic disease management, and many disease prevention guidelines promote use of motivational interviewing. The aim of the present study was twofold: to assess to what extent the primary care nurses in the study perform motivational interviewing according to the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Code and to investigate how the participating primary care nurses rated their own performance in motivational interviewing.

Method: The study was based on twelve primary care nurses’ audio-recorded motivational interviewing sessions with patients (total 32 sessions). After each session, the nurses completed a questionnaire regarding their experience of their own performance in motivational interviewing. The audio-recorded sessions were analyzed using Motivational Interviewing Integrity Code 3.1.1.

Results: None of the nurses achieved beginning proficiency in all parts of any motivational interviewing sessions and two nurses did not achieve beginning proficiency in any parts or sessions. Making more complex than simple reflections was the specific verbal behavior/summary score that most nurses achieved. Beginning proficiency/competency in “percent open questions” was the summary score that fewest achieved.

Conclusion: Primary care nurses did not achieve beginning proficiency/competency in all aspects of motivational interviewing in their recorded sessions with patients, where lifestyle change was discussed. This indicates a need for improvement and thus additional training, feedback and supervision in clinical practice with motivational interviewing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 16, no 1, 89-100 p.
Keyword [en]
Self-ratings, Motivational interviewing, Motivational interviewing treatment integrity code, Nurse, Performance, Primary care, Proficiency/competency
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20050DOI: 10.1186/s12875-015-0304-zISI: 000358355600001PubMedID: 26205692ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84937905346OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20050DiVA: diva2:843534
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LivMI
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Swedish Heart Lung Foundation
Note

This work was funded by the University of Gävle, STROKE-Riksförbundet (The Swedish Stroke Association), The Swedish Heart and Lung Association and Erik, Karin och Gösta Selanders Foundation, all in Sweden.

Available from: 2015-07-29 Created: 2015-07-29 Last updated: 2016-07-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care: Nurses' experiences and actual use of the method
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care: Nurses' experiences and actual use of the method
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Aim: The overall aim of the present thesis was to describe and examine primary care nurses´ self-reports on training, use and performance as well as experiences and actual performance of MI.

Method: One qualitative and three quantitative studies were conducted among primary care nurses. A study-specific questionnaire was sent to 980 primary care nurses and 673 (69%) responded (Study I). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 MI trained primary care nurses (Study II). MI sessions between 12 (Study III) respective 23 (Study IV) primary care nurses and patients (total 32 respective 50 sessions) were audio-recorded. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis, Motivational Interviewing Integrity Code, Motivational Interviewing Sequential Code for Observing Process Exchanges and statistical analysis.

Results: The findings showed that primary care nurses reported and experienced lack of training in MI and lack of prerequisites for using MI (Study I-II), while training, knowledge, prerequisites and time were associated with use of MI. They also reported and experienced that MI facilitated their work with patients (Study I-II) as well as elicited their own ability to motivate and be empathetic (Study II). About half of the primary care nurses reported that they used MI (Study I), and none of the nurses (Study III) achieved the approved skill levels in MI in their recorded sessions. They overestimated their performance on six of eight aspects of MI (Study III). The most frequently used nurse talk in the recorded sessions was neutral, which is not consistent with MI. Questions and reflections directed toward change were most likely to be followed by change talk among patients (Study IV).

Conclusions: Self-reported knowledge about MI and personal as well as workplace prerequisites for using it were associated with self-reported use of MI. Participating nurses´ experienced that MI requires openness, practice, support, feedback and willingness. The participating primary care nurses did not achieve approved levels of MI skills in their recorded MI sessions. Patients´ change talk is more likely to occur after open questions, complex reflections as well as after questions and reflections directed toward change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. 82 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1142
Keyword
communication, experiences, health promotion, motivational interviewing, nurses, performance, primary care, talk, training, use
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Caring Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20560 (URN)978-91-554-9365-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-11-25, Sal IX, Universitetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
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Finansiärer: Högskolan i Gävle, STROKE-Riksförbundet, Hjärt-Lungfonden och Erik, Karin och Gösta Selanders Stiftelse

Available from: 2015-11-04 Created: 2015-11-04 Last updated: 2016-08-12Bibliographically approved

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