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Psoriasis-Tailored Interview Training Beneficial for Clinicians

Psoriasis + Well-being training significantly improves clinicians’ motivational interview skills, knowledge

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Psoriasis-tailored motivational interview (MI)-based training (Psoriasis and Well-being [Pso Well] training) increases clinicians’ MI skills and knowledge, according to a study published online July 4 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Anna Chisholm, Ph.D., from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and colleagues examined whether the Pso Well training intervention improves clinicians’ MI skills and knowledge about psoriasis-related comorbidities. Sixty-one clinicians (35 dermatology nurses, 23 dermatologists, and three primary care clinicians) completed a one-day training program focused on MI skills development in the context of psoriasis. The behavior Change Counselling Index was used to assess MI skills before and after training. A 22-point measure was used to assess knowledge about psoriasis-related comorbidity and risk factors.

The researchers found that after training there were significant increases in clinicians’ MI skills and knowledge (both P < 0.001). The training was found to be valuable and relevant to psoriasis management.

“Attendance at the Pso Well training resulted in improvements in clinicians’ knowledge and skills to manage psoriasis holistically,” the authors write. “Clinicians deemed the training itself and the assessment procedures used both feasible and acceptable. Future research should investigate how this training may influence patient outcomes.”

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