In Pursuit of Empirically Supported Assessment for Use in Medical Settings

Zeeshan Butt*

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Psychological assessment in the medical setting presents many opportunities and challenges. On the question of what constitutes empirically supported assessment practice, there are few clear answers and perhaps fewer exemplars. The goal of this article was not to review the current status of empirically supported assessment in medical settings, but rather to highlight some areas of measurement innovation that may move this field toward its promise of a more stable evidence base supporting the use of patient-reported outcome measures for clinical research, patient education, and clinical care. In addition, assessment in the medical setting provides one very unique opportunity that many psychologists are not honed in on: the use of psychological assessment to assess quality health care. This is an emerging reality that poses significant methodological puzzles and opens doors for those committed to psychological assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-402
Number of pages21
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • assessment
  • health care
  • measurement
  • patient-reported outcomes
  • performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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