Do therapists vary much in their success? Findings from four outcome studies

L. Luborsky, P. Crits-Christoph, A. T. McLellan, G. Woody, W. Piper, B. Liberman, S. Imber, P. Pilkonis

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Abstract

Success rates of psychotherapists were compared across each of four treatment outcome studies, with results indicating: 1) considerable difference between therapists in their average success rates; 2) considerable variability in outcome within the caseload of individual therapists; 3) little support for the widely held view that certain therapists are best for certain kinds of patients; and 4) variations in success rate typically have more to do with the therapist than with the type of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-512
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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