A patient has admitted to the nurse that he thinks he has a problem with drinking too much alcohol. The nurse talks with the patient about substance abuse and the negative effects of alcoholism. Which describes how personal engagement with a patient is effective as a method of change?


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- The patient will more likely desire change after connecting with another person

- The patient will understand the information more than if it were presented electronically

- The patient will be less likely to be litigious toward the healthcare facility

- The patient will feel as if he has made a new friend


Change is necessary when a patient is exhibiting behaviors that are harmful to himself or others. Change can be implemented in many ways, but personal engagement, or talking, working with, and spending time with another person, can be effective in getting the message across about the high-risk behavior. With personal engagement, the patient is more likely to desire change because he feels a connection with another person.

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