Quality Improvement and Clinical Psychological Science



Clinical psychological science (CPS) faces significant challenges including low uptake of empirically supported treatment, slow progress in improving efficacy, and low treatment seeking. Quality improvement (QI) offers a number of promising insights that may help address these challenges. This chapter discusses how key QI themes are exemplified in promising research directions within CPS and how these efforts can be further clarified and enhanced. Themes that are explored include: examining quality as a multifaceted construct, focusing on systems for improvement, identifying and targeting sources of variability in quality, focusing on consumers, reducing costs while improving quality, and using iterative improvement cycles and continuous evaluation. This chapter explores each of these QI themes within the context of promising and innovative CPS research examples. In doing so, the chapter seeks to highlight how QI principles might help guide a more progressive approach to CPS research that addresses current challenges.


Clinical science Quality improvement Systems Behavioral health 


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA

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