The use of CORE measures in Randomised Controlled Trials. Medina, J.C., Trujillo, A., Feixas, G. In 37th STAR Conference, 2016.
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There is a need for widely and systematically using standardised assessment measures in order to advance the research in psychotherapy, since these instruments allow to test both the efficacy and effectiveness of interventions. Given the variety of available psychological therapies, pantheoretical assessment methods are desirable in order to make comparisons possible. The Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation (CORE) system provides several reliable tools that fulfil these requirements. Nevertheless, they seem to be still underused in Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs). A literature search was conducted in late February 2016 using both Scopus and PubMed electronic databases. Furthermore, additional searches in www.clinicaltrials.gov and in the BioMed Central ISRCTN registry were also carried out in order to find registered RCTs using CORE measures. The search retrieved 22 studies in PubMed and 31 in Scopus. Of these 53 publications, 22 were discarded because of duplication, 6 for not being RCTs, 4 for using data from previous trials, and 1 for being superseded by a revised version. Therefore, the total number of publications was 20. The search in the database from the Clinical Trials website revealed 17 trials, while the ISRCTN registry retrieved 36. In conclusion, a small number of published RCTs use CORE instruments as outcome measure. It is suggested an increasing trend in their use from 2009 onwards, although there seems to be some standstill from 2014. Data obtained from registered clinical trials identify several RCTs in progress using CORE measures, which is expected to result in new publications in the forthcoming years. The RCT using the CORE-OM implemented by our research team is summarised as an example of the potential applications that it may have in psychotherapy efficacy studies.
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