Relations between satisfaction with therapists and psychotherapy outcome

H. R. Conte, P. Buckley, S. Picard, T. B. Karasu

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Abstract

This study relates patients' satisfaction with their therapists to measures of outcome derived from patients, therapists, and an independent rater. After long-term psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, 23 medical student outpatients responded to the Therapist Satisfaction Scale. They reported greatest satisfaction with therapists they perceived as respectful, understanding, trustworthy, likeable, and encouraging and whom they saw as technically competent, giving good advice, and not 'too quiet.' These characteristics, plus patients' overall satisfaction with their therapists, correlated significantly with patients' ratings of improvement and with therapists' and an independent evaluator's ratings of outcome. Although no causal statements can be made, these data provide additional evidence of the importance of the patient-therapist relationship to psychotherapy outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research
Volume3
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994

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Psychotherapy
Patient Satisfaction
Medical Students
Outpatients
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

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Conte, H. R., Buckley, P., Picard, S., & Karasu, T. B. (1994). Relations between satisfaction with therapists and psychotherapy outcome. Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, 3(3), 215-221.

Relations between satisfaction with therapists and psychotherapy outcome. / Conte, H. R.; Buckley, P.; Picard, S.; Karasu, T. B.

In: Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1994, p. 215-221.

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Conte, HR, Buckley, P, Picard, S & Karasu, TB 1994, 'Relations between satisfaction with therapists and psychotherapy outcome', Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 215-221.
Conte, H. R. ; Buckley, P. ; Picard, S. ; Karasu, T. B. / Relations between satisfaction with therapists and psychotherapy outcome. In: Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research. 1994 ; Vol. 3, No. 3. pp. 215-221.
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