Table 3

GP questions: what is your opinion about the methods of motivational interviewing?

QuestionsIM group, n = 27 Median (25%; 75% quartiles)EM group, n = 20 Median (25%; 75% quartiles)IM versus EM group P-value
1. Did you get the principal rules of motivational interviewing from the residential course?2 (1; 2)2 (1; 2)ns
2. Did you feel trained adequately to use motivational interviewing in daily work?2 (1; 2)2 (1; 2)ns
3. Are the methods of motivational interviewing realistic and usable in daily work?1 (1; 2)1 (1; 2)ns
4. They are very suitable for GPs2 (1; 2)2 (1; 2)ns
5. They are suitable for some patients3 (2; 5)4 (2.25; 4)ns
6. They are more effective than traditional advice giving1 (1; 2)1 (1; 2)ns
7. I have not yet had patients suitable for the motivational interview5 (4; 5)5 (4; 5)ns
8. Motivational interviewing is an improvement of my working methods in the patient–doctor relationship2 (1; 2)1.5 (1; 2)ns
9. I cannot change my working methods and habits by using motivational interviewing4 (2; 4)5 (4; 5)P <0.05
10. It is an advantage to change working methods to motivational interviewing2 (1; 2)1 (1; 2)ns
11. The methods of motivational interviewing from the residential course helps me in my patient care and my patient–doctor relationship1 (1; 2)2 (1; 2)ns
12. The methods are time-consuming3 (2; 4)5 (3.25; 5)P <0.05
13. Patients want the doctor to tell what must be done3 (2; 4)5 (4; 5)P <0.05
14. It is difficult to change my ‘ways’ in the patient–doctor relationship2 (2; 3)4 (3; 5)P <0.05
  • Questionnaire scaling: 1–5, 1 = Yes, fully agree and 5 = No, disagree. ns = non-statistical significant difference. IM group = internal motivational group receiving course in motivational interviewing. EM group = external motivational group receiving course in motivational interviewing.