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How To Tell If You Are Doing It Right

  • You are speaking slowly
  • The patient is doing much more of the talking than you
  • The patient is actively talking about behavior change
  • You are listening very carefully, and gently directing the interview at appropriate moments
  • The patient appears to be ‘working hard’, often realizing things for the first time
  • The patient is actively asking for information and advice
  • It feels as if you are holding up a canvas, and the patient is filling it with paint, in places sometimes selected by you, and sometimes by the patient

Content Sources
1. “Prevention with Positives: Young Men Who Have Sex With Men (YMSM).” HIV Clinical Education Initiative. Sanjiv Shah, MD, MPH. North Shore University Hospital, April 29, 2010.