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Use of Motivational Interviewing to Improve Return-to-work and Work-related Outcomes: A Review

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 June 2014

Kathryn M. Page*
Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University Melbourne, Australia
Irina Tchernitskaia
Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University Melbourne, Australia
Address for correspondence: Dr Kathryn Page, Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Level 3 Bldg BC, School of Health & Social Development, Deakin University Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3125, Email:
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Work-based return-to-work (RTW) interventions can help to reduce the duration and cost of work disability, and in turn, prevent the negative effects of long-term sickness absence. However, there are a number of complex cognitive, affective and behavioural factors that can impact an individual's confidence, motivation and willingness to RTW that need to be addressed to facilitate effective outcomes. This literature review investigates evidence for the use of motivational interviewing (MI) for improving return-to-work (RTW) and employment outcomes. Whilst evidence for the efficacy of MI in clinical settings to motivate health behaviour change is strong, more research is needed to determine whether MI can be usefully applied to improve RTW and other work-related outcomes.

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