The Buddy Study: Training Peers with Heart Failure in Motivational Inverviewing-Based Approaches to Support Each Other

Dr. Heisler will discuss the development and use of a DVD, Tools for a Helpful Peer Partner, and other approaches in an intervention that trained congestive heart failure how to support each other in managing their illness via phone calls. The DVD describes and models Motivational Interviewing (MI) style communication skills for peer-to-peer communications.

About the Speaker

M. E. Michele Heisler, MD, MPA

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, is Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, Professor, School of Public Health, and Research Scientist at the Ann Arbor VA's Center for Clinical Research Management. Dr. Heisler's clinical interest is chronic disease, with a focus on diabetes. Her research centers on patient self-management of chronic illnesses, patient-doctor relations and disparities in processes and outcomes in chronic illnesses.