Characterizing Measurement-Based Care Implementation Using Therapist Report

Elizabeth Casline*, Grace Woodard, Zabin S. Patel, Dominique Phillips, Jill Ehrenreich-May, Golda S. Ginsburg, Amanda Jensen-Doss

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The effectiveness of measurement-based care (MBC), an evidence-based practice that uses regularly collected assessment data to guide clinical decision-making, is impacted by whether and how therapists use information from MBC tools in treatment. Improved characterization of how therapists use MBC in treatment sessions with youth is needed to guide implementation and understand variability in MBC effectiveness. To meet this need, this study examined therapists’ sharing and discussion of MBC in treatment sessions. Thirty therapists were randomly assigned to the MBC condition as part of a comparative effectiveness trial of treatments for adolescent anxiety and depression. A qualitative content analysis was conducted on therapists’ written explanations of changes made to the session based on the MBC data. Therapists reported sharing data with youth and caregivers in an average of 34.6% and 27.4% of sessions, respectively. Therapists reported incorporating MBC data in an average of 21.1% of sessions. When data were used, therapists predominately focused changes on short-term (e.g. current symptoms, treatment skill) rather than long-term (e.g. symptom progress, treatment goals) decision-making. Therapists inconsistently used MBC data, highlighting the need for improved training in and monitoring of how therapists use MBC in session to guide collaborative treatment decision-making with youth and caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-559
Number of pages11
JournalEvidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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