Measures and Outcomes of Therapy - Psychotherapy & Counselling

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Measures and Outcomes

I routinely use clinical measures throughout my practise. They are an essential part of the assessment, in part as an indicator of specific aspects of how you are at the time of the assessment (most commonly how you have been in the previous week) and also as an indicator of an overall level: the level may be mild, moderate or severe, for example

Measures are usually in the form of validated questionnaires, and the more sensitive they are to change over time, the more valuable they are as an indicator of progress i.e. reduction of symptoms

It is precisely because of their sensitivity to change that they are repeated at the end of treatment or course of therapy. The difference between the before and after measure is called the Outcome Measure

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