Telemedicine and preventative health

Date Published: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Dr John McMenamin on strategies to enquire, engage and motivate your patient towards better health outcomes.



  • Why do we need to screen for risk behaviours?
  • Tips for breaking the ice.
  • How much time to assess, motivate and intervene?
  • When behavioural change is blocked.
  • Motivational interviewing.
  • Techniques to increase effectiveness.
  • Streamline smoking cessation discussions.
  • Thinking health equity for a moment.
  • How often should we check back in?


Take home messages

  • Telemedicine consultations include opportunities to screen for unpresented health concerns.
  • Decide in advance what screening is appropriate.
  • Raise the issue gently using prepared open questions.
  • Reflecting, affirming and summarising keeps screening conversations focused and brief.
  • List actions that require follow up.





Dr John McMenamin
General Practitioner

John is a GP in Whanganui and chair of Clinical Governance for Whanganui Regional Health Network. A graduate of Auckland School of Medicine with Distinguished Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, John also holds a postgraduate Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Auckland researching screening in general practice.
One of the key roles John plays in the area of tobacco control is enabling people to draw on his experience and understanding of general practice and his national leadership around ABC Smoking as well as his advisory role to the National Screening Unit.



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