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.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Harris, Mitchell Wayne, "Providing Patient Progress Information and Clinical Support Tools to Therapists: Effects on Patients at Risk for Treatment Failure" (2011). All Theses and Dissertations. 3079.
treatment outcomes, treatment failure, client deterioration, therapist client feedback, clinical support tools, psychotherapy, evidence-based practice, psychotherapy quality assurance