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If a patient seems ready to change the following strategies can be helpful:

  • Don’t jump in with single/simple bits of advice
  • Do emphasise
    • Options
    • Others’ successes
    • “You are the best judge”
  • Go through options, let patient choose, useful questions include:
    • “What makes sense to you”?
    • “How might you go about it?”
    • “What might your first steps be?”
  • Convey optimism and willingness to re-examine
  • In some circumstances you may be ideally placed in practice to support the patient to set specific goals that they would like to set for changing based on their individual needs and circumstances e.g. if your practice offers Brief Interventions for alcohol
  • In other circumstances the patient may wish to speak to someone else or might benefit from additional help

For further information about services to support patients to make changes please click here for Health Improvement Service Directory.