Although the impact of managed care constraints on assessment practices has received recent attention, a review of the literature found no data-based articles that address this issue.
We report survey data on 137 members of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, 1996) on current testing practices.
The majority (72%) reported that their use of tests has changed in the last 5 years due to managed care directives.
These clinicians are doing less testing overall and restrict their pool of assessment instruments.
The Rorschach inkblot technique (Rorschach, 1942), the Thematic Apperception Test (Murray, 1943), and the Wechsler Intelligence scales (Matarazzo, 1972) were the instruments most noted for disuse.
Apparently, practitioners are relying more on short, brief self-report measures that tap targeted symptoms or problem areas, and less on tests that demand considerable clinicians'time.
Implications and limitations of the findings are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Psychométrie, Pratique professionnelle, Soin intégré, Service santé, Santé mentale, Psychologue clinicien, Personnel sanitaire, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Psychometrics, Professional practice, Managed care, Health service, Mental health, Clinicien psychologist, Health staff, Human
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Cote : 98-0425591
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 25/01/1999.