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Methodological Issues in the Study of Outcome

  • William T. CarpenterJr.
  • John S. Strauss

Abstract

Outcome studies provide the crucial data for evaluating the natural course of an illness, the effect of treatment interventions, and the predictors of outcome. However, major problems have arisen in attempting to develop adequate methodology for these studies. A survey of outcome research from a methodologic perspective shows the progress from rudimentary, unreliable, clinical evaluation of patients to increasing recognition that systematic and reliable data collection are essential aspects of scientific investigation. Even though recent methods do not provide research techniques that are entirely satisfactory, several important advances have been made.

Keywords

Methodological Issue Schizophrenic Patient Discriminant Function Analysis Flat Affect Functional Psychos 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William T. CarpenterJr.
    • 1
  • John S. Strauss
    • 2
  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.University of Rochester Medical SchoolRochesterUSA

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