Attitudes toward standardized assessment tools and their use among clinicians in a public mental health service

Jon Fauskanger Bjaastad, Amanda Doss, Christian Moltu, Petter Jakobsen, Heine Hagenberg, Inge Joa

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The aim of the present study was to investigate the use and attitudes toward standardized assessment tools among clinicians in a public mental health service in Norway. A total of 606 clinicians provided feedback on their use and attitudes regarding psychometric qualities of such tools, their practicality, and their benefit over clinical judgment alone using the Attitudes toward Standardized Assessment (ASA) Scales. Clinicians working in the adult mental health field scored significantly higher on use of diagnostic interviews, pre-post evaluations, and ongoing evaluations, whereas clinicians working in the child/adolescent mental health field scored significantly higher on use of screening instruments and held more positive attitudes towards using standardized assessment tools. Attitudes toward standardized assessment tools predicted use of such tools, and results were found to be similar to a study on US clinicians. Whereas the US study only found attitudes regarding the practicality of using such instrument as an independent predictor of assessment use, the current study found that attitudes regarding psychometric qualities of such tools, their practicality, and their benefit over clinical judgment alone were independent predictors of use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-396
Number of pages10
JournalNordic journal of psychiatry
Volume73
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

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Keywords

  • ASA
  • attitudes
  • mental health service
  • Standardized assessment

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Attitudes toward standardized assessment tools and their use among clinicians in a public mental health service. / Bjaastad, Jon Fauskanger; Doss, Amanda; Moltu, Christian; Jakobsen, Petter; Hagenberg, Heine; Joa, Inge.

In: Nordic journal of psychiatry, Vol. 73, No. 7, 01.10.2019, p. 387-396.

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Bjaastad, Jon Fauskanger ; Doss, Amanda ; Moltu, Christian ; Jakobsen, Petter ; Hagenberg, Heine ; Joa, Inge. / Attitudes toward standardized assessment tools and their use among clinicians in a public mental health service. In: Nordic journal of psychiatry. 2019 ; Vol. 73, No. 7. pp. 387-396.
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