Motivational interviewing to affect behavioral change in older adults

TitleMotivational interviewing to affect behavioral change in older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCummings, SM, Cooper, LR, Cassie, KMC
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
PublisherSage Publications
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1049-73151552-7581
Accession Number2009-02952-005. First Author & Affiliation: Cummings, Sherry M.
KeywordsAging, behavior change, Behavior modification, behavioral change, chronic illness, chronic illnesses, Health Promotion, lifestyle changes, motivational interviewing, older adults, Treatment Effectiveness Evaluation

This article reviews and assesses the existing research literature on the efficacy of motivational interviewing (MI) to promote lifestyle changes and improve functioning among older adults confronting serious health challenges. A comprehensive literature review was conducted of intervention studies that tested the use of MI to achieve behavioral change among older adults with acute and chronic illnesses. Although limited in number, the studies revealed a significant improvement in physical activity, diet, cholesterol, blood pressure and glycemic control, and increased smoking cessation following MI. MI and its derivatives can be useful in dealing with a range of health issues faced by older adults. Further research to extend findings and address methodological issues is recommended. The integration of MI into social work courses focused on practice with older adults should be considered. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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