Factors affecting the implementation of an outcome measurement feedback system in youth mental health settings

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Objective: Measurement feedback systems provide clinicians with regular snapshots of a client’s mental health status, which can be used in treatment planning and client feedback. There are numerous barriers to clinicians using outcome measures routinely. This study aimed to investigate factors affecting the use of a measurement feedback system across youth mental health settings. Methods: The participants were 210 clinicians from headspace youth mental health services across Australia. They were surveyed on predictors and use of MyLifeTracker, a routine outcome measure. This was explored through three processes: looking at MyLifeTracker before session, using MyLifeTracker in treatment planning, and providing feedback of MyLifeTracker scores to clients. Results: Clinicians were more likely to look at MyLifeTracker before session, less likely to use it in treatment planning, and least likely to provide MyLifeTracker scores to clients. Each measurement feedback system process had a distinct group of predictors. Perceptions of MyLifeTracker’s practicality was the only significant predictor of all three processes. Conclusion: Practically, organisations and supervisors can increase the use of measurement feedback systems through targeted supports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalPsychotherapy Research
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Oct 2020

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