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Motivational Interviewing: A Patient-Centered Approach to Obesity Management

For AAFP members only



Obesity among U.S. children and adults continues to grow at alarming rates, and family physicians are well positioned to engage in motivational interviewing with obese patients to improve outcomes. Learn the latest evidence-based recommendations and guidelines to help improve them.

Engage in this dynamic activity and earn 1.5 AAFP Prescribed credits. This activity is free for AAFP members.

Enhance your patient care today and earn up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice® process.

About this CME Activity

Learning Objectives

After completing this CME activity, you should be able to:

  • Explain the processes and core skills associated with motivational interviewing.
  • Apply the EPE (elicit-provide-elicit) strategy and three types of “change talks” to patient conversations about obesity.
  • Provide healthcare team and patients with supplemental resources to support improved patient outcomes in obesity.

Estimated time required to complete the full module: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Original release date: March 31, 2016.

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Presenting Faculty

Denise Ernst, PhD, Motivational Interviewing Trainer and Consultant

Kathy Reims, MD, FAAFP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Chief Medical Officer, CSI Solutions, LLC; Co-Director Centre for Collaboration, Motivation & Innovation (CCMI)


This CME activity is funded by an educational grant to the AAFP from Novo Nordisk Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.



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CME Credit

To be eligible to report CME credit, please complete the full module in one sitting.

This enduring material activity, Motivational Interviewing: A Patient-Centered Approach to Obesity Management, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.5 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins March 31, 2016. Term of approval is for two years from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Following this CME activity, participants have the opportunity to earn two additional AAFP Prescribed credits by participating in a Translation to Practice® exercise. Information on Translation to Practice® (t2p™) will be shared within the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit. View more credit agreements »


The material presented here is being made available by the American Academy of Family Physicians for educational purposes only. Please note that medical information is constantly changing; the information contained in this activity was accurate at the time of publication. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily best, methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situations discussed. Rather, it is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty, which may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

The AAFP disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages resulting to any individual using this material and for all claims that might arise out of the use of the techniques demonstrated therein by such individuals, whether these claims shall be asserted by a physician or any other person. Physicians may care to check specific details such as drug doses and contraindications, etc., in standard sources prior to clinical application. This material might contain recommendations/guidelines developed by other organizations. Please note that although these guidelines might be included, this does not necessarily imply the endorsement by the AAFP.

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