Motivational Interviewing: hypertensive patients’ self-care agency
The aim of the 2015 study was to assess hypertensive patients’ self-care agency and any correlation with the patient’s lifestyle changes and the nurse’s degree of patient centeredness after counselling training. Nurses in the intervention group working at nurse-led clinics at health centres were trained in patient centeredness (motivational interviewing) and the stages of change model. The counselling training gave an increase in the patients’ self-care agency scores, which was significantly correlated with increased physical activity. In clinical practice it is important for nurses to be patient-centred in their counselling to affect patients’ self-care agency in a positive direction.