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Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed
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Larry E. Beutler, John Clarkin, and Bruce Bongar

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195105308

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105308.001.0001

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Integrating and Economizing Treatment-Relevant Assessment

Integrating and Economizing Treatment-Relevant Assessment

(p.143) 5 Integrating and Economizing Treatment-Relevant Assessment
Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient

Larry E. Beutler

John F. Clarkin

Bruce Bongar

Oxford University Press

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

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