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Motivational interviewing has been used with relatively positive success in behavioral interventions as a way to stimulate change in patient's habits and attitudes, yet there is little information available as to how to design and implement a plan of action. This becomes even more difficult for a patient who might be resistant to large changes in their behavior and habits. One approach that has potential promise is the use of a SMART goal intervention in conjunction with motivational interviewing to change unhealthy habits while assessing the progression and degree of commitment to those goals.

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UVM Medical Center Family Medicine, Colchester


Motivational Interviewing, SMART goal, Goal attainment scaling, Planning

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Motivation to Prevent Chronic Disease or Complications