Comment on Pladevall et al’s 2015 publication in The Diabetes Educator

August 5, 2015 | doi:10.1177/01457217155974

Comment on Pladevall et al, “A Randomized Controlled Trial to Provide Adherence Information and Motivational Interviewing to Improve Diabetes and Lipid Control”
Tavis S. Campbell PhD, Simon L. Bacon PhD, Kim Corace PhD, Kim L. Lavoie PhD, Joshua A. Rash MSc, Michael Vallis PhD for the Canadian Network for Health Behaviour Change and Promotion



In raising a number of methodological concerns, and underlining the lack of information concerning the intervention in question, this comment calls attention to the need for health professionals to be trained in motivational interviewing (MI) due to it being a highly complex clinical skill taking considerable time to learn and master which necessarily involves collaborative goal setting and shared decision-making. The authors underline how health professionals trained in MI also require ongoing training and supervision, particularly in  managing and suppressing prior counseling habits.