The purpose of our investigation was to determine what patterns of change emerged from the statistical analysis of 34 patients as represented by change in each of 18 patient variables. As with the factor analytic study (see Chapter 5), clinical thinking which elaborates the statistical results may be plausible but not necessarily definitive or a guarantee that groupings are other than chance or artifacts. We do believe, however, that plausibility counts. Fellow clinicians will not find it difficult to think about change according to the patterns suggested here, or perhaps to recall their own patients who seemed to have changed in similar ways. Furthermore, unlike the factor analytic study, the patterns in this study can be tied to qualitative appraisals of the patients themselves so that the statistical relationships can be validated against the overall understanding of these patients.
KeywordsPatient Variable Research Tester Factor Analytic Study Affect Organization Existential Fact
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