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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (2): 294-305.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.00294

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 Selecting the best treatment: Client-treatment match

 ZHOU Shegang1,2; ZHANG Xiaoyuan1   

  1.  (1 Department of Psychology, School of Public Health, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, China) (2 Institute of Education, Henan Normal university, Xinxiang 453007, China)
  • Received:2017-02-05 Online:2018-02-15 Published:2017-12-26
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Abstract:  Client-treatment match holds the idea that to maximize the effect of psychotherapy, different clients should be matched with different treatments. Influenced by the evidence-based psychotherapy approach, the match between clients and treatments can be determined by the diagnosis of the client, the client profile including demographic, clinical, psychological and culture factors as well as the personal preferences, and the suitability between the style of the treatment and the psychological characteristics of the client. In order to achieve personalized treatment and the best possible effect, future studies may need to further understand the relationship among all the relevant variables of the client, to choose appropriate indicators for treatments comparison, to improve research paradigm, and to closely integrate the research and the clinical practice.

Key words: treatment selection, client-treatment match, personalized treatment, psychotherapy

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