Strategies for Measuring the Quality of Psychotherapy: A White Paper to Inform Measure Development and Implementation

Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
May 15, 2014
Authors
Jonathan Brown, Sarah Hudson Scholle, and Melissa Azur

In the context of health care reforms that encourage performance measurement, a strong set of measures focused on psychotherapy could help stakeholders understand what psychotherapy services are delivered and if they yield positive outcomes. This paper discusses the advantages and challenges of structure, process, and outcome measures for psychotherapy. It concludes with several recommendations for advancing the measurement of psychotherapy. 

Project

Developing and Testing Quality Measures to Improve the Quality of Behavioral Health Services

Funders

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Time Frame

2011-2015

Senior Staff

Jonathan Brown
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