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Fonagy, P. Higgitt, A. (1989). Evaluating the Performance of Departments of Psychotherapy. Psychoanal. Psychother., 4(2):121-153.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 4(2):121-153

Evaluating the Performance of Departments of Psychotherapy

Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., DIPPSYCH and Anna Higgitt, BSC, M.B., B.S., MRCPSYCH, M.D.

Conceptual and practical issues which surround attempts at assessing the efficiency of psychotherapy departments are surveyed and the advantages and disadvantages associated with performance indicators reviewed. The issues of assessing efficiency in general and the selection of appropriate indicators at both national and local levels are discussed. It is concluded that it is possible to find indicators which reflect the value of a psychotherapeutic service to the community within which it is based, and that the identification of a generally agreed set of such parameters is a matter of priority.

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