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Publication type: Working paper – expertise – study
Title: Practice Study Outpatient Psychotherapy - Switzerland (PAP-S) : Study design and feasibility (Revised edition)
Authors: Wyl, Agnes von
Crameri, Aureliano
Koemeda, Margit
Tschuschke, Volker
Schulthess, Peter
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-1100
Extent: 10
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher / Ed. Institution: ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Winterthur
Language: English
Subjects: Psychotherapy; Outcome study; Prospective naturalistic design; Psychotherapy techniques
Subject (DDC): 150: Psychology
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: In line with the demand for evidence-based medicine, psychotherapy is also expected to demonstrate its effectiveness. For this reason, the Swiss Charta for Psychotherapy, the umbrella organization for psychotherapy education and training institutes in Switzerland, launched a prospective, naturalistic psychotherapy outcome study in 2004. All institutes affiliated with the Charta were invited to participate in the study. In Switzerland a multitude of psychotherapy approaches continue to be practiced. The study therefore also provides a unique opportunity to investigate whether therapists practicing different types of psychotherapy in fact utilize the techniques declared to be specific to their approaches, or whether, for instance, there are just a few techniques that are widely utilized across approaches. This paper presents the study design and the descriptive data of the baseline survey. Participating were 86 therapists at nine psychotherapy institutes; the therapists recruited 362 patients (238 women, 124 men) aged 17 to 72 years. With regard to the five most important outcome instruments, 80% of the patients had a rating in the dysfunctional range on at least one instrument. Ninety percent of the patients had a diagnosed disorder on Axis I of the DSM-IV. Further analyses of the data will yield outcome and process-outcome results.
Further description: Revised edition of Von Wyl, A., Crameri, A., Koemeda, M., Tschuchke, V. & Schulthess, P. (2013). The PAP-S (Practice of Ambulant Psychotherapy-Study), Switzerland: Study Design and Feasibility. Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich. The original article was published in German: von Wyl, A., Crameri, A., Koemeda, M., Tschuschke, V. & Schulthess, P. (2013). Praxisstudie ambulante Psychotherapie Schweiz (PAP-S): Studiendesign und Machbarkeit. Psychotherapie-Wissenschaft, 1, 6-22; open access:
License (according to publishing contract): Not specified
Departement: Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Psychological Institute (PI)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Praxisstudie ambulante Psychotherapie (PAP-S)
Appears in collections:Working Papers in Applied Psychology

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