30 Aug '12, 1pm

VA Exploring the Use of Motivational Phone Calls to Vets - Health Care via @VeteransHealth

VA Exploring the Use of Motivational Phone Calls to Vets - Health Care via @VeteransHealth

The Department of Veterans Affairs has discovered that a brief therapeutic phone conversation called motivational interviewing is more effective than a simple “check-in” call in convincing Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with mental health diagnoses to begin getting treatment. The powerful results produced by motivational interviewing were revealed during a study led by Dr. Karen Seal, director of the Integrated Care Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center . She is also an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. “Study participants receiving telephone motivational interviewing also were significantly more likely to stay in therapy,” Seal observed. “They also reported a reduction in their use of marijuana, and a decreased sense of stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment.” The study was published recen...

Full article: http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/20120830a.asp

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