Strategies for Measuring the Quality of Psychotherapy: A White Paper to Inform Measure Development and Implementation. II. Common Evidence-based Psychotherapies

05/15/2014

Although this paper is not intended to serve as a comprehensive or systematic review of the strength of evidence for each type of psychotherapy, this chapter provides a brief orientation to three major types of psychotherapy--CBT, IPT, and psychodynamic therapy--to provide context for the discussion of measurement approaches. We focus on these three because they are the most commonly mentioned therapies in treatment guidelines. The research supporting each type of therapy varies from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to those that examine the effects of therapy without a control group (Clark et al. 2012; Driessen et al. 2010). This chapter also briefly discusses some of the shared features of psychotherapies and gaps in research that may impede the development and use of quality measures.

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