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Improving therapeutic success rates: how to generate personal practice data to rate oneself using the UK IAPT targets

I wrote a blog post yesterday about recently published IAPT psychotherapy data and how it provides a fascinating set of targets which one can use to assess the effectiveness of one's own therapeutic practice.  When one gets down to the nitty-gritty of what data from one's own practice to collect and how, then it can be a bit tough.  Lots of questions to clarify here, but part of the good news is that there is also lots of IAPT guidance on how to do this.

Improving therapeutic success rates: using UK IAPT data to assess how well we're doing therapeutically

I wrote a blog post in the autumn - "Improving therapeutic success rates: UK IAPT data gives us a clearer set of targets" - highlighting that, if we want to improve how effective we are at an activity, it's likely to be crucially important that we monitor how well we're actually doing and whether or not our outcomes are getting better.

CBT Today: keeping up with the literature - exposure, mindfulness & reappraisal - winter '13/14 (2nd post)

In yesterday's post on "Keeping up with the literature", I wrote about the wealth of updated knowledge that has emerged with publication of the third UK National Survey of of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) and about useful qualitative research on why most health professionals (including psychotherapists) tend to be poor at providing help for sexual difficulties.  I would now like to say a little about some new findings in exposure therapy, and some additional insights into mindfulness, relaxation & reappraisal.  

CBT Today: keeping up with the literature - UK sex survey - winter '13/14 (1st post)

This is an extended, online, hyperlinked version of a regular quarterly column - "Keeping up with the literature" - that I write for "CBT Today, the official magazine of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies".  In October's column, I commented that new CBT-relevant research flows past constantly like a great river.  I track forty to fifty different journals - many more than most sensible health professionals try to monitor - but this is still just a small subsection of the multitude of potentially relevant publications.  And if I get behind with my reading, a wave of literature rapidly builds up - I've already spent fifteen hours this week alone in a catch up blitz.