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Compr Psychiatry. 2010 May-Jun;51(3):319-24. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2009.07.001. Epub 2009 Aug 28.

A new scale for assessing the quality of randomized clinical trials of psychotherapy.

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  • 1Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA. jhk2002@med.cornell.edu

Abstract

CONTEXT:

In 2004, the American Psychiatric Association's Committee on Research on Psychiatric Treatments appointed a subcommittee to investigate the status of empirical evidence with regard to psychodynamic psychotherapy.

OBJECTIVE:

As a part of this effort, the committee developed a rating scale designed to assess the quality of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of psychotherapy.

DATA SOURCES:

A 25-item RCT of Psychotherapy Quality Rating Scale was generated by expert consensus. Interrater reliability, internal consistency, and validity testing were undertaken using 7 trained raters.

STUDY SELECTION:

A PubMed search was conducted to locate all RCTs of psychotherapies identified by their authors as being "psychodynamic" or "psychoanalytic" in origin and implementation.

DATA EXTRACTION:

A total of 69 RCTs were independently rated by 2 raters.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

The scale was found to have good interrater reliability (total score intraclass correlation = 0.76), internal consistency (Cronbach alpha = .87), and external validity.

CONCLUSIONS:

This scale establishes a new standard for the design and execution of psychotherapy RCTs and provides a systematic empirical method for evaluating the quality of published RCTs.

2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
20399343
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