Brief motivational interventions: an introduction

J Trauma. 2005 Sep;59(3 Suppl):S21-6. doi: 10.1097/01.ta.0000179899.37332.8a.


This article is an introduction to brief motivational interventions, which is an effective strategy to address alcohol-use disorders and the public health issues these disorders present. In this article, we summarize core concepts and our clinical experiences. To explore the contrast between these interventions and more traditional approaches to patient-provider interaction, the article describes strategies used in brief motivational interventions, answers common questions about the process, and provides references and resources for those who would like to learn more.

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / psychology*
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / therapy*
  • Counseling / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods*
  • Medical History Taking / methods
  • Motivation
  • Professional-Patient Relations*