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Friday Oct 05, 2018

Two quick questions to assess patients' readiness for change

Assessing patient’s readiness for change is one of several strategies that can facilitate communication about self-management of chronic illness. Use these two questions to assess patients’ readiness for change:

1. “How important is it to you to make this change, on a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being extremely important?”

This question puts the physician and patient on the same page with regard to goals.

2. “How confident are you that you can make this change, on a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being extremely confident?”

Patients need to feel confident that they can make changes that will positively affect their health. Many patients have only experienced failure in making health changes and doubt their ability to effectively influence their health. Physicians can increase their confidence by emphasizing how small, incremental steps can improve their health.


Adapted from “Five Communication Strategies to Promote Self-Management of Chronic Illness.”

Posted at 01:00PM Oct 05, 2018 by FPM Editors

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