Acceptance and commitment yerapy for the treatment of chronic pain: canges in self- perceived competence of trained professionals during one year of implementation

Becker, S. (2013) Acceptance and commitment yerapy for the treatment of chronic pain: canges in self- perceived competence of trained professionals during one year of implementation.

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Abstract:Research indicates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a new, promising form of third wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for chronic pain. Therefore, ACT has been implemented systematically in nine Dutch rehabilitation centers between October 2010 and October 2012. In order to examine whether or not the implementation of a new psychotherapeutic treatment method is effective, subjective and objective evaluations are recommended. The present study aims to measure changes in self- perceived competence in working consistently with ACT during one year of implementation and training. Data has been analysed of three of the rehabilitation centers. As part of the systematic implementation, the 36 participating professionals were assigned into an ‘early adopter’ and ‘late adopter’ group with different training and implementation strategies. The second aim of the study is to investigate whether there was a difference in self- perceived competence between the two implementation groups. A repeated- measures ANOVA is conducted to measure changes over time. The results show significant advances in self- perceived competence for all six factors during one year of implementation. Further, there is no significant difference between the two implementation groups. The unexpected advance of the ‘late adopter’ group during the first half of implementation and the decrease of self- perceived competence during the second half of the implementation indicate subjective measurement effects as a ‘response shift’. Therefore, it is advised to replicate the study using both subjective and objective measurements. Despite the limitations, this study provides the first questionnaire to help other researchers measuring self- perceived competence in working with ACT. Further research is needed to improve the effectiveness of a systematic implementation and evaluation of ACT.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/63183
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