Understanding clinicians' diagnostic practices: Attitudes toward the utility of diagnosis and standardized diagnostic tools

Amanda Doss, Kristin M. Hawley

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Data on clinician diagnostic practices suggest they may not align with evidence-based guidelines. To better understand these practices, a multidisciplinary survey of 1,678 child clinicians examined attitudes toward the utility of diagnosis and standardized diagnostic tools. Psychiatrists were more likely than other disciplines to value diagnosis, whereas psychologists were more likely than others to value standardized diagnostic tools. Private practitioners held less positive views in both domains than other practitioners. Both attitude scales predicted selfreported diagnostic practices, although views of diagnosis utility were more associated with diagnosing in general, whereas views of diagnostic tools were more predictive of standardized tool use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-485
Number of pages10
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011



  • Diagnosis
  • Evidence-based assessmetn
  • Provider attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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