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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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NEVES, Inês et al. Relevance of individualized measures: listening the patient means capturing the story?. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2016, vol.17, n.1, pp.39-44. ISSN 1645-0086.

Individualized measures are relevant for the assessment of therapeutic results and allow patients to identify the aspects that they value the most in assessing their clinical improvement. PSYCHLOPS, as an individualized measure, invite the patient to create their own items. The items created by the patients were compared with the contents of standardized measures. A sample composed by 107 patients admitted for psychological treatment in Hospital Espírito Santo (Évora), and three institutions for drug misuse fill in the PSYCHLOPS and two standardized measures presented in a random order: CORE-OM and PHQ-9. 279 items were created in PSYCHLOPS and later recoded, by thematic analysis, in 51 subthemes. Work-related problems was the most common subtheme identified by patients as relevant to the clinical improvement assessment. From the 51 subthemes, 17 (33.3%) were not represented in CORE-OM and 43 (84.3%) were not represented in PHQ-9. The majority of our sample indicated at least one subtheme that was not represented in CORE-OM and PHQ-9. These results show us the importance of individualized measures in identifying the patients’ most value concerns, which may have implications in the therapeutic process.

Keywords : Individualized measures; outcome assessment; patient involvement.

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