Annual Review of Clinical Psychology 2007, Volume 3 by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Tyrone D. Cannon, Thomas Widiger

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Although psychometrically sound instruments are available, many obstacles face clinicians wishing to conduct an evidence-based assessment. For example, the authors reported that efforts to accurately screen for the presence of an anxiety disorder may be hampered by the fact that scales designed to measure similar constructs have substantially different sensitivity and specificity properties. Another obstacle noted by the authors is that all of the measures used to quantify symptoms and anxious behaviors rely on an arbitrary metric (cf.

Although psychometrically sound instruments are available, many obstacles face clinicians wishing to conduct an evidence-based assessment. For example, the authors reported that efforts to accurately screen for the presence of an anxiety disorder may be hampered by the fact that scales designed to measure similar constructs have substantially different sensitivity and specificity properties. Another obstacle noted by the authors is that all of the measures used to quantify symptoms and anxious behaviors rely on an arbitrary metric (cf.

For example, meta-analytic summaries using data across studies can provide accurate estimates of the psychometric characteristics of Annu. Rev. Clin. Psychol. 3:29-51. org by Ball State University on 01/08/09. For personal use only. ANRV307-CP03-02 ARI 20 February 2007 18:35 a measure. The challenge is to pull together all the requisite components in a scientifically rigorous and sustainable fashion. One final point is also clear: Simply doing more of the same in terms of the kind of assessment research typically conducted will not advance the use of EBAs.

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