Decision Balance Worksheet

Rick Botelho, Professor of Family Medicine and Nursing, University of Rochester School of Medicine
Rochester, New York, USA
 
This worksheet helps clinicians elicit from patients the pros and cons of a given health behavior and utilize motivational interviewing techniques to move toward behavior change. The document includes the decision form, tips for its use with patients, and an example of a patient-provider interaction on making changes in physical activity.

Background
The tool was developed to help patients understand their motivation to continue and to discontinue any given health behavior. It is utilized in motivational interviewing techniques to help patients explore and overcome ambivalence to change and uncover specific barriers and supports. 

Directions
The worksheet appears as part of the guidebook entitled "Motivate Healthy Habits."
 
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