Caregiver Perceptions of Clinical Decision-Making for the Treatment of Children

Brian Allen, Alberto Varela

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Many sources of information impact one’s clinical decision-making (CDM) (e.g. clinical intuition, previous experience, research results). Relatively little is known about the clients’ perspectives of these factors. The current study is an examination of perceptions of the favorability of various CDM influences held by caregivers of children presenting for mental health treatment (n = 371). Responses to a questionnaire showed that caregivers overwhelmingly favored a treatment decision based on current scientific research, with one’s clinical experience being the second most favored influence. Other influences, such as colleague consultation and clinical intuition, were less favorable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)828-832
Number of pages5
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 13 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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