Motivational interviewing in health promotion: it sounds like something is changing

Health Psychol. 2002 Sep;21(5):444-51.


Motivational interviewing (MI), initially developed for addiction counseling, has increasingly been applied in public health, medical, and health promotion settings. This article provides an overview of MI, outlining its philosophic orientation and essential strategies. Major outcome studies are reviewed, nuances associated with the use of MI in health promotion and chronic disease prevention are described, and future directions are offered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease / psychology*
  • Counseling / methods*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Motivation*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care