Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy



FACTORS THAT CONSTITUTE A GOOD COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL TREATMENT MANUAL: A DELPHI STUDY


Edward A. S. Duncan a1, Margaret M. Nicol a2 and Alastair Ager a2
a1 The State Hospital, Carstairs, Lanark, Scotland
a2 Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Abstract

Cognitive behavioural treatment manuals have increased in frequency, purpose and impact over the last 40 years. Despite numerous papers on the topic, few empirical studies regarding the constitution of treatment manuals have been conducted. A Delphi study examining the factors that constitute a good cognitive behavioural treatment manual is presented. This study generated a consensus of opinion of factors that therapists and researchers should consider when developing and appraising treatment manuals for cognitive behavioural interventions. Limitations of the study and the potential relevance of the research are discussed.


Key Words: Treatment manual; Delphi study; consensus; factors.


Footnotes

Reprint requests to Edward A. S. Duncan, Senior Occupational Therapist, Resource Centre, The State Hospital Carstairs, Lanark ML11 8RP, Scotland. E-mail: eddie.duncan@tsh.scot.nhs.uk



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