Sunday, 24 June 2012

Neuropsych practice resources II: Consumer-focused psychological assessment

Another favourite article for the reflective neuropsychologist who wants to provide excellent services. Thanks, Eliot Brenner!

Consumer-focused psychological assessment.
By Brenner, Eliot
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 34(3), Jun 2003, 240-247.
To enhance the clinical utility of psychological assessments, the author recommends a consumer-focused approach to health care marketing--the "Four Rs": relevance, response, relationships, and results (J. English, 2000). Research suggests 5 responses psychologists can take to increase the relevance of psychological assessments: (a) eliminate jargon, (b) focus on referral questions, (c) individualize assessment reports, (d) emphasize client strengths, and (e) write concrete recommendations. To build relationships with consumers, psychologists should collaborate with them when formulating referral questions and providing feedback of assessment results. Finally, psychologists should use the results of consumer satisfaction studies to improve the clinical utility of psychological assessments. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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