A Self‐Report Survey: Australian Clinicians’ Attitudes Towards Progress Monitoring Measures. Australian Psychologist.

Chun, J., Buchanan, B (2018) A Self‐Report Survey: Australian Clinicians’ Attitudes Towards Progress Monitoring Measures. Australian Psychologist. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ap.12352

Abstract

Objective
Research supports an association between regularly administering standardised measures to assess client progress (progress monitoring) and improved treatment outcomes. However, some research suggests clinicians often rely heavily and solely on clinical judgement when making treatment decisions. This study was the first to explore psychologists’ implementation of progress monitoring, within an Australian clinical context.

Method
A self‐report survey investigated Australian psychologists’ (N = 208; gender and age proportional to national representation) attitude, awareness, use, motives, and barriers towards implementing standardised assessment and progress monitoring. The survey comprised of the Attitudes towards Standardised Assessment Scales, and existing literature on progress monitoring implementation.

Results
Ninety‐eight per cent of psychologists were aware of progress monitoring measures, and 69% reported using them in practice. Majority of progress monitoring users rated these measures as very useful (51%) and over one third (39%) used them with most of their clients. Contrary to the hypothesis, a t‐test demonstrated that attitude towards standardised assessment did not differ between progress monitoring users and non‐users. Among the clinicians who have not implemented progress monitoring, time barriers were rated as most important.

Conclusion
This study demonstrates that although awareness of progress monitoring may be widely known, perceived barriers may outweigh the potential benefits for some. It is also concluded that further qualitative research is needed to adequately understand these barriers and their importance. Future interventions may then promote evidence‐based recommendations and focus on the practicality, utility, and workflow difficulties associated with incorporating progress monitoring.

Clinician views of client self-monitoring

Article punished in InPsych Magazine, August 2018. 

The regular use of standardised self-assessment and progress monitoring forms has been associated with improved client treatment outcomes. Research suggests that clinical judgment alone may not be the most accurate and effective method of predicting deterioration in client wellbeing or progress. Progress monitoring forms can be administered at regular intervals during therapy and provide ongoing, individualised and immediate client feedback. Australian researchers surveyed psychologists (N=208) about their attitudes towards using such forms with clients. About half of the psychologists surveyed found such forms useful, and 69 per cent of psychologists were using them with clients. This is in contrast with similar past surveys and with research suggesting that only 12 to 33 per cent of North American psychologists regularly use structured tools with clients. The researchers suggested that in Australia there is increased awareness of their usefulness and emphasis placed on practical- and evidence-based recommendations by government and funding regimes.

It is also becoming easier to incorporate self-monitoring tools into practice, with online tools providing access to a variety of forms and in some cases quicker scoring and evaluation methods. Those Australian psychologists using self-monitoring forms believed strongly in their usefulness, particularly for tracking client progress and to determine if changes to treatment were needed.

Contrary to expectations, attitudes towards standardised assessment did not differ between psychologists who were regularly using progress monitoring forms and those who were not. Among those not using forms the main barriers to their use was believing they take too long to administer and score and would be too much of a burden on clients.

Psychologists were more likely to be using self-monitoring forms if they were primarily treating adults and working in private practice. This suggests a need to increase awareness of self-monitoring measures relevant for work with children. The researchers suggest more psychologists might use self-monitoring forms if their perceptions of their usefulness and practicality were enhanced and if they were given suggestions for workflow management.

Chun, J., Buchanan, B (2018) A Self‐Report Survey: Australian Clinicians’ Attitudes Towards Progress Monitoring Measures. Australian Psychologist. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ap.12352

 

 

Introducing WebApp

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