Issues in planning research evaluating psychotherapy

A number of other sources provide a detailed discussion of issues involved in planning a study on psychotherapy, as well as explication of various research designs. In particular, our presentation draws heavily from Kazdin,(6) supplemented with writings that illustrate more recent trends in both design and methodology.

There are, of course, a wide range of decisions to be made in designing an evaluation study of psychotherapy. These decisions affect the choice of patients, therapists, control groups, data analytical strategies, etc. Table.! presents a list of the types of questions that need to be asked in designing or evaluating a study of psychotherapy outcome. A discussion of some of the key methodological issues that cut across many of the questions raised in Table...! follows.

Table 1 Selected questions to raise in planning a study of psychotherapy. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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