Building Confidence

This page is part of an overall training activity provided by Clinical Tools, Inc. Our ImpactObesity training activity provides skills training for primary care providers.
Please refer to the ImpactObesity homepage to sign-up and begin the activity!

Patients do not have to be 100% motivated or confident in their ability to change in order for change to occur. Just talking about it can help patients find motivation, gain confidence, and be more receptive to a recommendation for intensive treatment.

Describe or elicit from the patient things to build their confidence including:

  • Other health habits they have changed successfully
  • Your experience with watching patients who were successful in weight loss
  • Your confidence that evidence-based models are effective when followed

Example of Noting Patient Strengths

After Mr. Murphy has become aware of his weight, the provider suggests a potential weight-loss plan:

I'm not so sure I could do that dieting. I've seen friends try to and it's rough!

I know you have some inner strength you can draw on, because you successfully quit smoking 5 years ago, and that isn't easy. [Paraphrasing & recognizing the patient's strengths]

[nods] I guess you're right.