Practice-Friendly Research Review: Collaboration in Routine Care
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 2, pages 209–220, February 2012
How to Cite
Lambert, M. J. and Cattani, K. (2012), Practice-Friendly Research Review: Collaboration in Routine Care. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 209–220. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21835
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
- goal consensus;
- outcome assessment;
- treatment failure, progress feedback;
- Outcome Questionnaire-45
This article examines the research on patient-psychotherapist collaboration in ways that can inform and improve clinical practice. Clinical wisdom suggests and research supports the importance of goal consensus and collaboration; empirical support for this assertion is summarized and the implications for practice are provided. Then, we present a method of heightening collaboration through the use of assessment and feedback. Systematically monitoring psychological functioning, client perceptions of the therapeutic relationship, motivation and expectations of therapy, social support network, and untoward life events can enhance collaboration and ultimately treatment outcomes.