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Motivational interviewing-based interventions and diabetes mellitus

Motivational interviewing-based interventions and diabetes mellitus

Mulimba, Ashlee A. Clifford and Byron-Daniel, James (2014) Motivational interviewing-based interventions and diabetes mellitus. British Journal of Nursing, 23 (1). pp. 8-14. ISSN 0966-0461 (doi:

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This review assesses whether motivational interviewing (MI)-based interventions are effective at improving health behaviours in adults with diabetes. Electronic databases were searched for articles that investigated the use of MI and diabetes self-management between 1966 and March 2010. In total, 464 titles were found; after duplicates were removed, 112 studies remained. Of these, 24 abstracts were identified as potentially relevant. No studies were excluded on the basis of their methodology. By use of a data extraction sheet, eight studies were identified as relevant once full articles were examined. Positive results in health-behaviour improvement were reported in four studies. These were: reduced smoking, improved blood glucose, improved diet and weight management. Studies varied in quality; four were methodologically weak owing to small sample sizes, lack of clarity of scoring measurement tools and/or limited use of valid measurements, and reported inclusion/exclusion criteria. In conclusion, MI cannot be recommended as an evidenced-based approach to diabetes self-management.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Accepted: November 01, 2013. Published Online: February 20, 2014.
Uncontrolled Keywords: diabetes, motivational interviewing, health improvement, weight loss, blood glucose
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
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