|INTERVIEWING TIP OF THE MONTH
# 155 January 2013
Collaboratively Negotiating Dosage of a Medication
TISA Description of the Problem: Here is yet another clinical interviewing tip that resonates nicely with the Medication Interest Model (MIM) delineated in my book "Improving Medication Adherence: How to Talk with Patients About Their Medications." In her excellent tip Cindy Carey, R.N. shows that dosage level is not a cookbook decision. Every person's body handles medications uniquely and sometimes excellent results may occur at lower than expected doses.
Tip: Patients may have sound concerns about side-effects, but this does not necessarily mean that the medication cannot be used. I have found it useful, if the clinical situation allows it to ask the following question in a non-defensive tone:
"If you are concerned about taking this medication at this dose, how much would you be willing to try?"
TISA Follow-up: I like Cindy's tip, and it can be modified to fit the unique needs or concerns of the patient as with adding, "perhaps at a lower dose we will still get good control of your depression but get rid of the nightmares that are disturbing you."
Tip provided by:
Cindy Carey, R.N.
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