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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 383-387

The perfect marriage: Solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing in medical family therapy

1 Hazelden, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
2 Forest Institute, Springfield, Missouri, USA

Correspondence Address:
Gage Stermensky
Postdoctoral Resident, Hazelden 680, Stewart Ave. St. Paul, MN - 55012
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.148117

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Medical family therapy has many potential uses in behavioral medicine and primary care. Current research was reviewed to determine the most advantageous way to apply solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing as a perfect marriage in medical family therapy. An extensive literature review was done in the following databases for medical family therapy: Proquest, EBSCO, Medline, and PsychInfo. The search resulted in 86 relevant articles, of which 46 of the most recent were selected for review. Medical family therapy lacks current research that supports solution-focused therapy or motivational interviewing. However, evidence supports the use of solution-focused therapy as a brief format, as well as the closely related intervention, motivational interviewing. While medical family therapy presents many hopeful possibilities in the fields of behavioral medicine, psychology, and marriage and family therapy, little evidence currently exists for the most effective implementation. This review found evidence supporting solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing as the perfect marriage of the collaborative team approaches for the future implementation and use of specific interventions in medical family therapy.

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