Strategies for Talking With Patients About Risks: Alternatives to Fear and Shame as Motivators for Change

Kathryn McLean, PsyD with Sally Canning, PhD

Informing patients of the risks associated with declining recommended aspects of medical care or continuing potentially harmful health behaviors is an important part of supporting a patient's autonomy and engagement in care. We will review effective communication, education and engagement strategies to promote change rather than fear or shame. In this session, participants will reflect on common patient education counseling challenges encountered in their multidisciplinary care team roles and practice applying motivation interviewing strategies to how we provide risk education.