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Although checking for diagnostic reliability by having an assessor listen to a recording of another assessor's interview is a practical approach, this strategy does not address the concern that clients may respond differently to questions after their initial interview. Provider Characteristic s Providers' characteristics and background need to be specified and described, as do their previous training and experience (in general and in reference to the specific intervention procedure under investigation).
However, viable options such as archival records, nonverbal behaviors, observations, and psychophysiological measures can be considered to supplement such high-reactive measures as self-report inventories (Patterson & Sechrest, 1983). Multiple Domain Assessment In addition to the use of different methods of assessment, multiple domains of participant functioning should also be measured to assess outcome. When relevant, measurements of cognitive, affective, behavioral, and physiological processes provide more compelling and comprehensive evidence of change.
Concurrent an d Past Treatmen t Information regarding the presence of concurrent or past psychosocial treatment and / or medication is relevant to many intervention areas but is rarely provided in outcome reports, precluding evaluation of the possible influence of these important factors. One approach to this potential 36 HAZLETT-STEVENS & BORKOVEC confound has been to simply exclude participants already receiving pharmacological treatment. When treating disorders often associated with medication, more generalizable findings can be obtained by allowing clients on medication into the therapy trial and counterbalancing these clients across conditions.
Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 18, 1998: Focus on Interventions Research With Older Adults by Richard Schulz PhD, George Maddox PhD, M. Powell Lawton PhD