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Outcome Measures in Therapy

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Client outcomes are used to measure client progress, or lack thereof, as a result of treatment. For example, if a client entered treatment to decrease his or her anxiety level, a clinician would measure the client's anxiety level before, during, and after treatment. If a client's scores indicate a measurable reduction in anxiety, it may be a good indication that the treatment was effective. Similarly, can scores on client outcome measures indicate the efficacy of a clinician, agency, or organization?

consider whether a client's outcome measures can, in fact, measure the efficacy of a clinician and whether client outcome measures evaluate agency efficacy. Consult the current literature to support your response

Based upon your understanding of the validity and reliability of client outcome measures,

Q********Give a brief explanation of whether or not client outcome measures should be used to evaluate agency efficacy effectively. Then argue whether or not the outcomes measures should be used to evaluate clinician efficacy. Finally, explain one way that you might use client outcome measures in your professional practice. Use the Learning Resources and the current literature to support your response.

support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

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Hi and thank you for your patience. In this particular task you are being asked to reflect on client outcome measures in therapy. I am supposing that the main element to this task is answering the question and relating it to the case of Sean. I suggest making your answer simple using this outline:

1. On Outcome measures (relevance, effectiveness) - 100 words
2. Position - 100 words
3. Application (Sean) - 100 words

This outline should yield 300 words (1 page answer) which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies and thank you for using Brainmass.

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Outcome Measures/ Therapy

To see if an intervention program is working, the obvious perspective that can be observed is that of the client - is the client doing better, did the intervention help? Can a better state of things be observed in the client? While the client and individuals concerned can approximate impact of the intervention, a client outcome measure can provide a more accurate measurement of the therapy or treatment. Eakins (n.d.) writes that outcome measures are used in occupational therapy to support evidence-based therapy practice as well as to show to the public and convince those who might need it to try therapy. She quotes Welch & Foster (2003) as follows - "professional credibility requires the demonstration of efficient and ...

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