Individualized progress measures are more acceptable to clinicians than standardized measures: Results of a National survey

Amanda Jensen-Doss, Ashley M. Smith, Emily M. Becker-Haimes, Vanesa Mora Ringle, Lucia M. Walsh, Monica Nanda, Samantha L. Walsh, Colleen A. Maxwell, Aaron R. Lyon

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Despite research supporting measurement-based care grounded in standardized progress measures, such measures are underutilized by clinicians. Individualized measures of client-specific targets present an alternative, but little is known about their acceptability or use. We compared attitudes toward and use of standardized and individualized progress measures in a national sample of 504 clinicians. Clinicians reported neutral to positive attitudes toward both types of measures, but strongly preferred and were more likely to use individualized measures. Clinician attitudes, theoretical orientation, and work setting predicted assessment preferences and practices. Implications for dissemination and implementation of measurement-based care are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-403
Number of pages12
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 15 2017


  • Individualized assessment evidence based practice
  • Measurement-based care
  • Standardized assessment
  • Therapists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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