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Psoriasis and Climate Therapy (completed)

Effect of motivational follow-up calls on clinical and health economic parameters

Patients get a counseling intervention by phone, after attending 3 weeks of supervised climate therapy on the Canary Islands.


About the project

This study is a randomized controlled trial using motivational telephone interviewing. The counseling intervention comprises 6 telephone calls during a 12 week period, after attending 3 weeks of supervised climate therapy on the Canary Islands.


The aim of this study is to evaluate clinical and health economic parameters in relation to individual motivational counseling by phone.


A chronic condition such as psoriasis requires a high level of self-management and for many patients this requires behaviour change to improve health outcomes. Changing behaviour is a challenge that requires a commitment by the patient to implement changes successfully. Motivational interviewing is a patient centered directive counseling technique that focuses on assisting patients to identify their problems and involves exploring ambivalence in an empathic manner. It is a well-known method of counseling, and is considered to be a useful intervention strategy in the treatment of lifestyle problems.


University of Oslo.


The study is in cooperation with Section for Climate therapy, Oslo University Hospital

Start - Finish

1.10.2010 – 1.08.2014

Published Mar. 27, 2011 6:00 PM - Last modified Apr. 12, 2019 12:03 PM


Project leader:

Astrid Klopstad Wahl