In a dental practice there are several situations where a change in behaviour of a patient is desirable or even necessary. It’s not easy, however, to change someone’s habits that they’ve had for many years, because these habits often give people a comfortable feeling. Change can lead to a decrease in self-confidence, which is why people are not always inclined to change. In order to realise a change in behaviour, there has to be an intrinsic motivation. An oral healthcare professional can increase the intrinsic motivation by using Motivational Interviewing (MI). Communicating with compassion is the basis for cooperation between a professional and his or her patient. Motivating a patient takes less time and increases the chance of success.
|Rubriek||Onderzoek en wetenschap|
|Publicatiedatum||6 januari 2017|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 124 - editie 1 - januari 2017; 28-33|