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Actually, I agree with almost everything you say here, Jenna. Doctors are under a great deal of pressure to see increasing numbers of patients in less and less time. They do have a responsibility to let their patients know their concerns, and they certainly can't force any of them to change. That's exactly what makes motivational interviewing such a good option for them: it makes it more likely that their patients will make the changes they'd like to see at the same time as it reduces their stress by reducing the friction that results when they inadvertently rub their patients the wrong way. And that's why many doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are adopting MI as their way of working with patients and medical schools are increasingly teaching it to their students. Remember: it was another doctor who was giving the talk that Dr. Lerner was taken aback by.
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