Whereas the financial efficacy of assessment has been well documented in industrial/organizational settings, there is no comparable literature within the field of clinical assessment.
This has become a significant issue due to the increasing cost-consciousness of managed health care organizations.
A rational means of increasing the financial efficacy of assessment is outlined, which includes the following :
(a) focus on domains most relevant to treatment planning and outcome ;
(b) use formal assessment for risk management ;
(c) target problems most likely to result in cost savings (i.e., dissociation, somatization, panic) ;
(d) increase the use of computerassisted assessment ;
(e) use time-efficient instruments ;
(f) more closely link assessment, feedback, and therapy : and (g) integrate treatment planning, monitoring progress, and evaluating outcome.
Issues and strategies for developing a research program include clearly defining what should be considered a cost, enumerating possible outcome variables, optimal follow-up time frame, selection of instruments, and the function of assessment.
Mots-clés Pascal : Pratique professionnelle, Psychologue, Psychométrie, Soin intégré, Analyse coût, Economie santé, Politique financière, Santé mentale, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Professional practice, Psychologist, Psychometrics, Managed care, Cost analysis, Health economy, Financial policy, Mental health, United States, North America, America, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0369133
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 14/12/1999.