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Motivational Interviewing and Physical Activity Behavior Change in Arthritis

Overview

Why is this study needed?

Motivational interviewing is a counseling style designed to help people change their behavior. This research will help health professionals understand how people with arthritis view the motivational interviewing process and how it helps them improve their physical activity behavior.

How will this study help patients and rehabilitation stakeholders?

This study may help scientists to better understand how to improve physical activity in persons with arthritis.

What are the project objectives?

  1. To modify a measure of strength of motivational interviewing processes to reflect the perspective of the client and to assess this new questionnaire’s reliability and validity;
  2. To determine if the clients’ assessments of strength of motivational interviewing processes after an intervention visit are associated with positive physical activity behavior change;
  3. To ascertain if the effect of motivational interviewing processes on increased physical activity is mediated by changes in client motivation, cognitive appraisal, and affective response as proposed by Cox’s Interaction Model of Client Health Behavior.

What are the expected outcomes of this project?

Clients who report higher perceptions of strength of motivational interviewing processes have greater increases in physical activity than do those who report lower levels of strength of motivational interviewing processes. Improvement in physical activity performance associated with higher perceptions of strength of motivational interviewing processes are explained by Cox’s Interaction Model of Client Health Behavior.

What agency funded the project?

National Institutes of Health:

National Institute of Nursing Research

Grant Number: 1K23NR012225-01

What is the duration of the project?

July 22, 2010-June 30, 2013

Primary Project Staff

Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN

Azra Cikmorovic

Mentors:        

Rowland W. Chang, MD, MPH

Allen Heinemann, PhD

JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, RN

Cheryl Cox, PhD, RN              

Contact Person

For researchers and students
Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN 312-238-0743

For members of the media
312-238-6044