Feedback mechanisms of change: How problem alerts reported by youth clients and their caregivers impact clinician-reported session content Article

Douglas, SR, Jonghyuk, B, de Andrade, ARV et al. (2015). Feedback mechanisms of change: How problem alerts reported by youth clients and their caregivers impact clinician-reported session content . 25(6), 678-693. 10.1080/10503307.2015.1059966

cited authors

  • Douglas, SR; Jonghyuk, B; de Andrade, ARV; Tomlinson, MM; Hargraves, RP; Bickman, L

fiu authors

abstract

  • Objective. This study explored how clinician-reported content addressed in treatment sessions was predicted by clinician feedback group and multi-informant cumulative problem alerts that appeared in computerized feedback reports for 299 clients aged 11–18 years receiving home-based community mental health treatment. Method. Measures included a clinician report of content addressed in sessions and additional measures of treatment progress and process (e.g., therapeutic alliance) completed by clinicians, clients, and their caregivers. Item responses in the top 25th percentile in severity from these measures appeared as “problem alerts” on corresponding computerized feedback reports. Clinicians randomized to the feedback group received feedback weekly while the control group did not. Analyses were conducted using the Cox proportional hazards regression for recurrent events. Results. For all content domains, the results of the survival analyses indicated a robust effect of the feedback group on addressing specific content in sessions, with feedback associated with shorter duration to first occurrence and increased likelihood of addressing or focusing on a topic compared to the non-feedback group. Conclusion. There appears to be an important relationship between feedback and cumulative problem alerts reported by multiple informants as they influence session content.

publication date

  • November 2, 2015

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 678

end page

  • 693

volume

  • 25

issue

  • 6