Impact of Motivational Interviewing by Social Workers on Service Users: A Systematic Review

Posted on 06.02.2019 - 12:00
Purpose:

This systematic review was undertaken to determine the effectiveness of motivational interviewing (MI), by social workers, on service user outcomes.

Methods:

A literature search was undertaken between 2007 and 2018. All eligible studies were analyzed using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme tool. As heterogeneity was high, a narrative synthesis approach was employed, using thematic analysis for categorizing data.

Results:

Eleven studies met the inclusion criteria and were included in this review. MI had a positive effect on service user experience, but this was not consistent. Training was variable, but the evidence suggests that practitioner’s need ongoing training, supervision, or coaching while providing MI.

Discussion:

There is a paucity of research examining the impact of MI on children, which was a limitation of this review. There is a need for more qualitative research to surface views and experience of service users to determine why MI is effective.

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Boyle, Sally; Vseteckova, Jitka; Higgins, Martyn (2019): Impact of Motivational Interviewing by Social Workers on Service Users: A Systematic Review. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.4402031
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