Take 5: Brief Interventions to Improve Adherence

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Presenting Author(s): Dr. Christine A. Padesky, PhD

Date and time: 24 Mar 2023 from 13:00 to 14:00

Location: Wildrose Salon C  Floor Map

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify two common reasons for nonadherence;
  2. Name at least two brief interventions empirically shown to boost adherence;
  3. Describe how you can use at least one of the four interventions presented to boost adherence in the
    coming weeks.


High quality interventions can be hampered by poor adherence. Fortunately, there are brief (5 minutes or less), easy to implement interventions that can improve adherence. Learn how to use simple questions, imagery, behavioral experiments and written notes to boost adherence. This presentation includes clinical illustrations of the methods taught.

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