Nature of Current Treatment Guidelines

Larry E. Beutler, John F. Clarkin and Bruce Bongar

in Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105308
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848522 | DOI:

Series: Guidebooks in Clinical Psychology

Nature of Current                             Treatment Guidelines

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Treatment guidelines may be a useful tool in training mental health professionals to combine clinical experience with current research information in a format that enables the practitioner to narrow treatment variance to the benefit of the patient. On the other hand, treatment guidelines have the potential to narrow the range of available services and to stifle clinician creativity. This chapter uses as a template for comparing treatment guidelines those prepared by the American Psychological Association (APA). These guidelines for the generation of guidelines highlight the process and the political context of treatment guidelines. The chapter also examines the existing treatment guidelines for depression in some detail. The analysis of existing guidelines provides the background for the generation of more extensive guidelines.

Keywords: treatment; guidelines; mental health professionals; American Psychological Association; depression; patient; clinical experience

Chapter.  3598 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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