MFA and ASA-MF: A Psychometric Analysis of Attitudes Towards Measurement-Based Care

Zabin S. Patel, Amanda Jensen-Doss, Cara C. Lewis

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Abstract

Measurement based care (MBC) improves client outcomes by providing clinicians with routine mental health outcome data that can be used to inform treatment planning but is rarely used in practice. The Monitoring and Feedback Attitudes Scale (MFA) and Attitudes Towards Standardized Assessment Scales-Monitoring and Feedback (ASA-MF) (Jensen-Doss et al., 2016) may identify attitudinal barriers to MBC, which could help trainings and implementation strategies. This study examines the psychometric properties of the MFA and ASA-MF, including the factor structure, longitudinal invariance, and indicators of validity, in a sample of community mental health clinicians (N = 164). The measures demonstrate adequate fit to their factor structures across time and predict MBC use as captured in a client’s electronic health record. Given that clinician attitudes are associated with MBC use, using instruments with psychometric support to assess attitudes fills a research to practice gap.

Keywords

  • Attitude measures
  • Clinicians
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Measurement-based care
  • Progress monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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