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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in practice: ACT consistency of multidisciplinary professionals in the Dutch pain rehabilitation

Hoppe, A. (2014) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in practice: ACT consistency of multidisciplinary professionals in the Dutch pain rehabilitation.

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Abstract:Objective: This study investigates the implementation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in nine Dutch chronic pain rehabilitation centers. In this study, an existing, qualitative coding scheme was evaluated and adjusted. Afterwards, consistency in ACT practice was analyzed. Therefore adherence to the ACT protocol and competence in working with ACT were scored. Method: In an iterative process the coding scheme of Scholten (2014) was reviewed. Using the revised coding scheme, adherence to the ACT protocol and competence in working with ACT of three psychologists, five occupational therapists, three physiotherapists and four social workers were analyzed. Results: The final coding scheme uses a coding unit of one minute, adds a column to write down the content, scores every competence separately, and allows scoring of ACT processes twice (or more). All participating professionals worked in adherence to the ACT protocol and were competent in working with ACT. No significant differences were found between both adherence and competence and the different subgroups. The implementation can be rated as successful. Implications: Other researchers will have advantages for the implementation of ACT using the presented scoring scheme which will improve the development of ACT in the treatment of patients experiencing chronic pain and of other areas. Further research is necessary to show if the ACT treatment has the expected positive influence on the functionality of chronic pain patients.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65714
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