The importance of assessing treatment integrity: An example in the anxiety disorders
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One purpose of this investigation was to examine the importance of assessing treatment integrity in a study evaluating a treatment for specific anxiety disorders. Three subjects, two social phobics and one simple phobic, received self-instruction training (Phase I) followed by exposure and self-instruction training (Phase II) in a multiple baseline across subjects design. All subjects were assessed during a pretreatment baseline and throughout treatment using measures of treatment integrity and measures of change in phobic severity. Improvement took place at different times for different subjects. Measures of treatment integrity, which consisted of monitoring of self-statements as well as practice outside the session, indicated that treatment was not always received as intended and that improvement was correlated with practice. The usefulness of measures of treatment integrity in both clinical and research settings is highlighted.
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- The importance of assessing treatment integrity: An example in the anxiety disorders
Journal of behavioral assessment
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- outcome measures
- treatment integrity
- anxiety disorders
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- 1. Department of Psychology and Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, State University of New York at Albany, 12203, Albany, New York
- 3. Agoraphobia and Anxiety Center at Temple University, 19122, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania