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Heart Failure: Achieving Success Through Motivational Interviewing

presented by Virginia Bowen, DPT, COS-C

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Financial: Virginia Bowen receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She has no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial: Virginia Bowen has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 28 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

A common technique for providing patient education is the direct approach of telling patients information using an authoritative manner. Research has found that this direct approach for heart failure education may not accomplish independence in self-management for the patient. Research also shows that motivational interviewing (MI) is a superior technique and demonstrates an excellent application value. This course will provide occupational therapists and assistants, physical therapists and assistants, speech-language pathologists, licensed practice nurses, and registered nurses with assessment and teaching techniques to implement MI for patients with heart failure to improve the patient's ability to self-manage. This course will provide a comparison of conventional teaching techniques to motivational interviewing techniques to illustrate the differences and benefits.

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Virginia Bowen, DPT, COS-C

Virginia Bowen is a clinical and evidence-based practice educator and DPT with more than 20 years of physical therapy and education experience. She is passionate about creating engaging and relevant programs that support clinicians reaching their highest potential in both personal and professional positions. In Virginia's current role as a rehab education coordinator, she provides…

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1. Defining Motivational Interviewing Concepts and Components

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a complex communication technique that has a significant effect on self-management abilities for patients with heart failure. Understanding of the concepts of MI will provide clinicians with a basis to implement the techniques. This chapter will provide an overview of the concepts of MI, primarily the OARS technique.

2. Difference Between Conventional Teaching and MI Techniques

Motivational interviewing effectively improves the self-management behaviors in patients with heart failure when compared with traditional health education. This chapter will show the contrast between MI and a conventional approach in the following areas: closed- versus open-ended questions, a provider-specific plan versus a patient-specific plan, a rigid plan versus a flexible plan, and a general versus focused follow-up.

3. MI Techniques Specifically for Heart Failure Patients

Heart failure patients are required to follow a medication protocol, prescribed diet, and physical activity program. According to research, these patients demonstrate low self-care behaviors and implementing motivational interviewing methods with heart failure patients can improve a patient’s ability to self-manage. This course will provide examples of MI questions and potential conversations specific to areas of concern for heart failure patients.

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