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Evaluation of teaching an integrated case formulation approach on the quality of case formulations: randomised controlled trial

  • Mohammed Abbas (a1), Ruth Walton (a2), Allan Johnston (a2) and Millicent Chikoore (a3)
Abstract
Aims and method

This paper introduces a new approach to producing case formulations, the integrated case formulation (ICF) approach, and a rating scale, the Case Formulation Scale (CFS). Twenty-four psychiatrists participated in a single-blind randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching using this new approach. The intervention group (n = 12) received teaching about using ICF, whereas the control group (n = 12) received teaching as usual. The scores on the CFS were compared before and after teaching.

Results

Prior to teaching, psychiatric trainees had poor scores on the CFS. The CFS score for the group taught the ICF approach improved five times more than the control group.

Clinical implications

This study demonstrates that case formulation skills can be taught. With further improvements, the ICF approach might be useful in the teaching of case formulation.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Mohammed Abbas (mohdgum@hotmail.com)
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Evaluation of teaching an integrated case formulation approach on the quality of case formulations: randomised controlled trial

  • Mohammed Abbas (a1), Ruth Walton (a2), Allan Johnston (a2) and Millicent Chikoore (a3)
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