Technological approach to the improvement of decision making in mental health services

Richard I. Lanyon

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Asserts that the current delivery of mental health services tends to be inefficient from several standpoints. The use of relevant technology is suggested for increasing the efficiency of information-gathering and decision-making functions. Based on research on the psychodiagnostic process, the hypothesis is proposed that close to optimal decisions can be made about patients in mental health settings from a relatively small amount of data. The use of self-report techniques, mental health technicians, and objective methods of data combination are discussed. Difficulties in implementing this approach because of the need to determine values to be placed on alternative available courses of action are explored, and a possible strategy is outlined. (17 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1 1972


  • efficient information-gathering & self-report techniques & mental health technicians & objective data combinations, decision-making in mental health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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