Integrating and Economizing Treatment-Relevant Assessment

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

Integrating and                             Economizing Treatment-Relevant Assessment

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This chapter describes efforts to develop a measurement device that could be applied to archival and prospective data for the subsequent predictive validity test. Measures like compass and its derivatives have limited use for planning specific treatment responses. They are problem centered and brief, and because they often lack clinician perspectives, they also may slow recognition or minimize the importance of specific indicators for specific interventions. At the same time, computers have the ability to combine more variables in more complex and systematic ways than is possible for individual clinicians. Thus, if one could identify and measure differential predictors and apply predictive algorithms from an interactive database to identify effectively and refine progressively the prediction of what treatments would be most likely to help, therapeutic interventions could become more rational, faster, and more effective than they currently are.

Keywords: measurement device; predictive validity test; compass; computers; prediction; treatments; therapeutic interventions

Chapter.  11003 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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