Conceptual and analytical advances for core outcomes in psychotherapy research

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Pre-conference workshop at the International Annual Meeting: Psychotherapy research has seen attempts to standardise outcomes (i.e. conceptual domains to be measured) and outcome measures (i.e. the particular instruments used to measure domains). The last decade saw new approaches and 'best practices' emerging in other parts of health research. The workshop will present those conceptual and technical developments and explore their usefulness for psychotherapy research(ers). Three concepts will be introduced which differ in their scope, specificity of results, and how they facilitate the inclusion of diverse voices into the development process: (i) "core outcome sets", i.e. agreed outcome domains that should be measured and reported, as a minimum, in all clinical trials or health care applications; (ii) "common measures", i.e. stakeholder-agreed operationalisations (e.g., particular questionnaires) that need to be assessed; and (iii) "item banks", i.e. questions and questionnaires that have been empirically shown to support estimates of the same latent constructs. The workshop will draw on examples from the presenter's research in (global) mental health and psychotherapy, and with group exercises the participants will explore similarities and differences between these three approaches. These tasks will cover relevance and connection to previous initiatives in psychotherapy research; extensions to process research; and suitability for participants' projects and psychotherapy research more broadly.
Period23 Jun 2021
Event title52nd International Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational