Family nurse use of motivational interviewing limited
Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in England is a preventative programme offered to first-time mothers under the age of 20, from early pregnancy until the child is two years old. The family nurses (FN) – often already health visitors – have additional training to deliver the intensive-structured home visits to families.
Part of the core training is in motivational interviewing (MI). MI is person-centred counselling to engage clients to think about changing behaviours while fully accepting the client’s autonomy. As part of a randomised control trial of the FNP, this nested study investigated the extent the taught MI skills were used by FNs in the home visits.
Audio recordings of FN-client consultations were analysed using a pre-determined Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) coding system. 42 volunteer FNs from the 18 trial sites provided...
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