Simon, W., Lambert, M. J., Harris, M. W., Busath, G., & Vazquez, A. (2012). Providing patient progress information and clinical support tools to therapists: Effects on patients at risk of treatment failure. Psychotherapy Research. 22 (6), 638-647,
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 and seventy patients 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. Treatment effects were not a consequence of different amounts of psychotherapy received by experimental and control clients. These findings are consistent with past research on these approaches although the effect size was smaller in this study. Not all therapists were aided by the feedback intervention.
Keywords: treatment outcomes; treatment failure; client deterioration; therapist client feedback; clinical support tools; psychotherapy; evidence-based practice; psychotherapy quality assurance