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Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd. 2019 Mar;126(3):133-139. doi: 10.5177/ntvt.2019.03.18239.

[Series: Communication in the dental practice. Motivating change in behaviour].

[Article in Dutch; Abstract available in Dutch from the publisher]


in English, Dutch

Why people display certain behaviour is determined by a number of factors. If a dentist wants to change behaviour harmful to the patient's health, he will have to identify the factors determining this behaviour, taking into account factors like social acceptability. The dentist can then counsel the patient to change his or her behaviour using motivational interviewing techniques fitting the patient's motivational phase. A lot of frustration over non-compliance with (failing to follow-up on) recommended advice couldbe avoided this way.


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