The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine if there was a relationship between the amount and type of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training a SagePlus provider receives, motivation to utilize MI training, and the proficiency of the provider in using MI in lifestyle counseling in clinical practice. This study was comprised of 16 healthcare professionals who provide SagePlus lifestyle counseling interventions in clinics that participated in the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) funded SagePlus program. A demographic questionnaire, modified Preventative Medicine Attitudes and Activities Questionnaire (PMAAQ) and Behaviour Change Counseling Index tool (BECCI) were utilized to assess provider's amount and type of MI training, provider's motivation to utilize MI, and proficiency while utilizing MI. Results showed that providers who had participated in MI training had higher proficiency scores when compared to providers who had no MI training, yet no statistical significance was established. When the types of MI training were compared, providers who had participated in video/self-study continuing educations sessions had the highest proficiency score when compared to role play, discussion, and lecture. The results of this study provide evidence for educators and organizations to utilize to help them focus their resources to support MI training that results in higher MI provider proficiency. This looks like you are saying that the opportunity exists which may not be the case.


Diane E. Witt

Committee Member

Hans-Peter de Ruiter

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing


Allied Health and Nursing

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