Abstract

Patient-focused research systems have been developed to monitor and inform therapists of patients' treatment progress in psychotherapy as a method to enhance patient outcome. The current study examined the effects of providing treatment progress information and problem-solving tools to both patients and therapists during the course of psychotherapy. Three hundred seventy patients at a hospital-based outpatient psychotherapy clinic were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: treatment-as-usual, or an experimental condition based on the use of patient/therapist feedback and clinical decision-support tools. Patients in the feedback condition were significantly more improved at termination than the patients in the treatment as usual condition. These findings are consistent with past research on these approaches although the effect size was smaller in this study. Treatment effects were not a consequence of different amounts of psychotherapy received by experimental and control clients. Not all therapists were aided by the feedback intervention.

Degree

PhD

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology

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http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

2011-08-12

Document Type

Dissertation

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd4764

Keywords

treatment outcomes, treatment failure, client deterioration, therapist client feedback, clinical support tools, psychotherapy, evidence-based practice, psychotherapy quality assurance

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