CLIENT OUTCOME MEASURES 3
The measures should be utilized in the assessment of agency efficacy.According to (Frisch, Cornell, Villanueva & Retzlaff, 1992)outcome measures such as the QOLI might assist in the evaluation ofthe outcome of pharmacological treatments. In addition, the measuremay as well comprise of an important section of the inpatient oroutpatient programs that assures quality. This is made possiblethrough providing valid self-report measures to sick persons. Thepatients in turn report on their satisfaction with the agency. Suchmeasures ensure that hospitals are responsible to patients, henceeffectively assessing agency efficacy.
The measures should be employed in evaluating clinician efficacy.Lambert and Hawkins (2004) demonstrates that patients’ wellbeingimproves earlier during treatment. Hence, any outcome measure, whichis used early in treatment, captures any changes associated totreatment. Since the clinician is responsible for administeringtreatment, any improvements in the patient’s health determinedusing outcome measures signifies clinician efficacy. By measuring thelevel to which patient assessment contributes towards helpfultreatment outcome, the clinician’s efficacy is measured (Rosemery,2003). This is because a positive patient outcome signifieseffectiveness in the treatment administered by the clinician. Also,outcome measures can be used to compare psychometric properties withtheir clinical use in a group of sick persons (Blais & Baity,2005). It becomes possible to assess the effectiveness of theclinician’s treatment approach.
In my professional practice, it is possible to utilize the clientoutcome measures is assessing what intervention practices towardsimproving the patient’s wellbeing are effective. Hence, it becomespossible to single out what approach to use in intervening in thedifferent treatment approaches. It also makes it possible, dependingon how well patients respond to treatment, to try new ways ofimproving interventions that have failed.
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