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Measurement-Based Care in Mental Disorders


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Table of contents

About this book


This innovative monograph introduces a measurement-based framework for effective treatment of patients with mood disorders, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. Rooted firmly in principles of pharmacotherapy and clinical psychometrics, the book’s signature diagram balances rating scale results and patient self-reported progress along three angles: therapeutic effects, adverse effects, and quality of life. The author’s choices of measures are brief, valid, widely used, and easy for clinicians to administer and patients to understand. But rather than being a mechanistic or an impersonal formula, this system is shown as a science-based means of fostering constructive collaboration between patient and therapist, leading to greater patient well-being.


Included in the coverage:


·         Negative mental health: the ordinary symptom-orientated mental disorders.

·         The basic diagram of personality dimensions.

·         Self-reported symptom scales within the basic diagram.

·         Clinician-administered symptom scales within the basic diagram.

·         The pharmacopsychometric triangle in measurement-based care.

·         Diagnostic rating scales.

·         A practical outcome evaluation plan.

Offering a medical level of precision to mental health, Measurement-Based Care in Mental Disorders should interest health care providers at all levels, particularly physicians and staff in primary care settings, and in psychiatric in- and outpatient clinics, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers.



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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mental Health Center North ZealandUniversity of CopenhagenHillerødDenmark

About the authors

Per Bech received a medical degree from Copenhagen University in 1969. In 1972 he received a gold medal award from Århus University for his thesis on the dose-response relationship between cannabis (tetrahydrocannabinol) and various psychological measurements, including time experience and reaction time in simulated car driving. He completed a doctorate thesis (Dr.Med.Sci) at Copenhagen University on the clinical and psychometric validity of rating scales in depression and mania in 1981. He was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at Odense University in 1992 and in 2008 he was appointed Professor of Applied or Clinical Psychometrics at Copenhagen University. Since 1981 he has headed the Psychiatric Research Unit at The Mental Health Centre North Zealand in Hillerød (Capital Region of Denmark). He is an honorary member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Measurement-Based Care in Mental Disorders
  • Authors Per Bech
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-46650-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-46651-4
  • Series ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-8371
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 93
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“In this newly published ultra-short book he presents an attractive line-up of easy-to-use scales and questionnaires to aid the diagnosis of mental disorders and monitoring of symptoms in treatment. … The book presents validated rating scales and questionnaires that are brief and easy to administer. So if you are a busy clinician, a clinical researcher or just looking for better ways to monitor the effects of your treatment, Per Bech’s book may indeed help you.” (Niels Okkels and Erik Roj Larsen, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Vol. 136, 2017)