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Type: Journal article
Title: The devil is in the detail: Clinicians, academics and researchers resolving the problems of clinical research
Author: Sanders, C.
Kettler, L.
Best, N.
Winefield, H.
Robinson, M.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy: innovative and contextual approaches to human problems, 2007; 28(4):185-190
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy Inc.
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0814-723X
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Catherine M. Sanders, Lisa J. Kettler, Nicole T. Best, Helen R. Winefield, Malcolm Robinson
Abstract: The difficulties associated with conducting valid family therapy research within a clinical practice discourage many potential researchers. This article will describe collaboration between a group of academics, researchers and clinicians who decided to explore the process and efficacy of systemic family therapy conducted within a working private practice. The specific questions we are addressing are, whether the requests clients bring to their first session of therapy can be reliably classified by practitioners, whether these requests change over time, and whether the nature of the request is associated with therapist and client ratings of therapeutic outcome. Additional questions about the form and nature of the therapeutic alliance as experienced by both client and practitioner are also being explored. This paper will map the passage of the work from inception to its current state where over 140 clients are active participants. In doing so attention will be paid to the obstacles encountered: practical, financial and ethical, and the solutions devised to address these.
Keywords: Clinical research
Systemic family therapy
Description: © Australian Academic Press
DOI: 10.1375/anft.28.4.185
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