Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine (Dr Berkowitz) and Division of Nephrology (Dr Johansen), University of California, San Francisco, and Nephrology Section, San Francisco VA Medical Center (Dr Johansen), San Francisco.
Motivating behavioral change has become a core competency for clinicians and a major priority for the health care system as chronic disease management and disease prevention encompass an increasing proportion of clinical medicine. Nonadherence to treatment programs represents an important barrier to successful chronic disease management and is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and preventable health care costs across a wide variety of conditions.1
Berkowitz SA, Johansen KL. Does Motivational Interviewing Improve Outcomes?. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(6):463-464. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.155