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Approaches to Brief Intervention

Readiness to Change

Understanding how ready your patient is to make changes to their lifestyle or life circumstances is a useful starting point for a brief intervention. People have different needs depending on how ready they are to change. Two key concepts in the health psychology and behaviour change literature regarding readiness are importance and confidence. If change feels important to you and you have the confidence to achieve it, you will be more ready to have a go, and more likely to succeed (Rollnick, Mason and Butler 1999).

An assessment of these key dimensions can be either formal or informal. You may feel able to judge how to approach this stage of the consultation by the reaction of the patient to the feedback they hear about the issue or you may wish to use a tool such as the Readiness Ruler.

Click here for downloadable version of Readiness Ruler 

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